Sexual Advice

Sexual Advice

General advice

Sexual health checks and services may be accessed via several departments.

If you would like to discuss your sexual health, contraception options or arrange a sexual health check you should contact either:

  • the Well Person Unit based at the Primary Care Centre – 200 07842
  • or your GP / Nurse Practitioner  – 200 72355

All professionals will be able to provide free and confidential advice.

Emergency action

If you have unprotected sex, you can lower your chances of having an unintended pregnancy by getting emergency contraception from your GP. The emergency pill (also known as the ‘morning-after’ pill) can be used up to 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex, but it’s more effective the sooner it’s taken. The majority of pharmacies in Gibraltar stock the emergency contraceptive pill however it is a prescription only medication, which means you require a doctor or nurse practitioner prescription.

Call the primary care centre on 200 72355 to get an urgent appointment. The doctor or nurse practitioner will also be able to advise and direct you on getting tested for STIs.

If you have engaged in unprotected anal sex and/or believe you have been exposed to HIV you should approach A&E as soon as possible for PEPSE (Post Exposure Prophylaxis following Sexual exposure). PEPSE can be offered up to 72 hours (three days) after HIV exposure as an emergency method of prevention; as with the emergency pill it is more effective the sooner it is taken.

The fastest way to be seen in A&E is to attend in person as soon as you are able; however, should you want to call ahead they can be contacted on 200 07121.

Sexual assault

A sexual assault can range from inappropriate touching to a life-threatening attack.  A sexual assault may not leave any outward signs, but it is still a crime. Victims are most likely to be young women aged 16 to 24. But men and women of any age, race, ability or sexuality can be assaulted. This could be by a stranger or, much more likely, someone you know.

Safety first

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, the first thing you need to do is go somewhere you feel safe, such as the home of a close friend or family member.

If you are able to you should consider telling someone you trust what has happened. There is no cause to feel ashamed or to blame for what has happened to you.

Try to resist the urge to wash yourself or your clothes until you have decided whether to seek medical help or report what has happened to the police.

If you do report the crime to the police they have a better chance of identifying and successfully prosecuting your attacker if they have DNA evidence.

Important contact telephone numbers:

  • Royal Gibraltar Police – 199 EMERGENCY
    200 72500 Enquiries
  • Primary Care centre – 200 72355 (Request an EMERGENCY appointment)
  • Mental Welfare Officer – 20071386
  • Childline – 8008
    [If you are under the age of 16 and require support]