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FAQs

FAQs

Is wanking/masturbation bad for you?

No, this is a common worry people have, but it is completely natural to experience sexual feelings and to explore these. Masturbation done at the right time and place can also relieve stress.

What can I get from the drop in?

You can get free condoms, lube, pregnancy testing, and Chlamydia screening Monday – Saturday.  We also have a nurse (hyperlink to clinic times) twice a week for girls to access hormonal forms of contraception; and a health worker (hyperlink) who can give a full screening, which includes blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis.

What happens when I come in to the drop in for…

The drop in has a number of workers who will welcome you in and ask what you are there for, you can speak to them in a private room.  Depending on what you ask for will depend on what happens next…

Condoms:

We very simply take a few confidential details from you and ask you which condoms you would like.  You can have a mixed pack, or just the ones you prefer.

You can also ask for free lube – all the lube we give out is water based so safe to use with condoms.

Pregnancy testing:

No appointment needed, we can do a test with you when you come in, but we can’t give them to you to take away.  We will ask you to pee in a little pot in the toilets, which we then use for our test in one of the clinic rooms.  We will ask you a few questions, these are only so we can give you better information and help.  The test takes a few minutes then we will give you the result positive means you are pregnant, negative means you are not pregnant. (link to what if I’m pregnant)

The worker will discuss the result with you and explain what might be going to happen next.  For example you may be advised to come back the next week to double if it’s not been long since you had unprotected sex.

Chlamydia testing:

If you ask for a STI test, we can test you for chlamydia and gonorrhoea any day which we are open using the same test. You can either wee in a pot if you’re male or female, or females can do a self swab instead (this is basically a long cotton bud you wipe around the inside of the vagina yourself). 

We take a few details to go with the test so we can get in touch if you need treatment, and that’s it!

None of the Cornerhouse workers are medically trained, we don’t look at your genitals, if you have a symptom that needs checking we would advise you to go to Conifer Service up the road (link) to see a nurse/doctor there.

 

If it is your first visit to us and you are:

Under 16

We must complete an extra form with you on your first visit, it doesn’t take long and is just about making sure you are safe and not being hurt in any way. This is all confidential. (see confidentiality policy?) We will ask some personal questions, but we will not tell anyone unless we are worried about you and we will always tell you first if we are going to do this.  We will record a few bits of information

Over 16

If it is your first visit and you are over 16, we only need to take a few details but we will make sure you know what else you can get from us, and tell you about the different types of condoms and services. (Can I choose my own condoms)

 

 

Will you tell my [mum/dad/carer] that I have been in?

No.  Never, will only talk to someone about you if we are worried for yours or someone else’s safety, and you will always know if this is going to happen first.

Will I be judged?

Cornerhouse is a completely non-judgemental organisation.  We are here to listen, support you and give information, not judge you for something which has happened or you have done.  We won’t be shocked, we won’t judge you and it will never effect the treatment you receive from us.  Please just ask for whatever you need and we will support you in any way we can.

Will I be told off for not using condoms?

You will not be told off for not using condoms, we know mistakes happen and people don’t always use condoms or forget their pill.  We are not here to tell you off, only find ways in which you can protect yourself and your partner and stay safe.

Can I choose my own condoms?

YES! At Cornerhouse we think it is very important that you have a full range of condoms to choose from.  However we don’t have every different brands.  We use LTC Healthcare (EXS) and Pasante to cover our client’s needs.

We offer: (pictures) ‘regular’, ‘ribs and dots’, ‘air thin’, ‘favours’ ‘trim’, ‘king size’ and ‘super king’, as well as a range of ‘fun’ condoms which will usually be regular size such as ‘glow in the dark’.

Do you have durex?

                  No…

Do condoms come in different sizes?

Yes, there are lots of different sizes, we have 4 different sizes usually. 

Men can worry about the size of their penis, and often make jokes about their friends needing different sizes – we’ve hear that joke every day! 

We want to reassure you we don’t judge you for whatever you ask for.  Condoms, whatever the size are usually fairly similar in length, and the main difference is in the width/circumference of that condom.  The difference can be a few millimetres between sizes, but this could be the difference between your condoms falling off or splitting, or fitting you and protecting you from both STIs and pregnancy.  If you are a young man trying to find out what you should use, we advise you to go try them on on your own to see what feels comfortable for you!

Do you do latex free condoms?

Yes, these are offered for free, and we don’t ask for a letter from your GP to prove your allergy.               

Is it free?

Totally – everything we offer is free!

 

What will happen to me if I have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?

(see STI section)

This really depends on which STI you have, please see our STI section for more information, or pop in and see us for a chat.

 

 

Can I choose to see a man or a woman?

Yes, you can choose to talk to any worker you like, where we have a male and female worker you will of course have the choice, however we can’t guarantee that there will always be both in our young people’s drop in or other services. 

Although we completely understand why someone may be more comfortable speaking with one gender over another, please be assured that we will always try to make you feel comfortable and able to speak to us about anything whatever your gender and needs.

Will I have to wait to be seen at the drop in?

Usually people are seen pretty quickly at the drop in, however at busy times you may have to wait for a bit.  This is a walk in service so you can always pop back if you don’t want to wait, or grab a sofa and make yourself comfortable, play on the xbox and if you’re lucky you might even get a brew!

Do I need an appointment?

If you want to see the nurse for contraception you may have to wait a few weeks as it is a very busy service (link to clinic times).  Alternatively you can access contraception Monday-Saturday through Conifer services which is a drop in service, however waiting times are different all the time and we wouldn’t be able to advise you on how long you might be waiting.

If you want a full STI check you can usually make an appointment to see our health worker the same week, but if you pop in they will fit you in where possible but you might have a short wait or be advised the next time she will be free.

I want regular support, can you do this?

Yes, our Peer Education team, Boys and young mens team or CARE team all offer varying levels of support. This requires a referral to be made, you can do this yourself or sometimes social workers or school’s might do this (link to referral form), depending on how many people are already being supported it can take a bit of time for your support to start, however we will contact you to let you know where you stand with this.

What if I miss my appointment?

We appreciate it if you can let us know if you will not be able to make an appointment with any of our projects, contact the worker directly if you have their mobile no, the office (01482327044) or the drop in (01482336322). 

If you can’t be at an appointment please let us know as we would be able to offer that space to someone else. 

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes this is not a problem.  Lots of people come in with their partners or friends.  You can bring your children or younger siblings with you (although please be aware they have to stay with you for safety). You might want to come with a support worker from another service, some people come in come in with their parents! Any of this is fine, we want you to feel comfortable.  Also, if you come in with someone, but you don’t want them in the private room with you, let us know and we will make sure you are seen alone.

How old do I have to be?

We will talk to you at any age although we really work with 13-19 year olds. 

You need to be 13 to get condoms from us, if you are 12 or under and tell us you are having sex we would have to take that information further to make sure you are not being hurt.  We want young people to come into see us even if you aren’t having sex, so don’t worry if you’re not, it means you will know where to go when you are ready.

If you are under 16 and having sex you can still get confidential services from us.

If you are 20+ you can pop in if you know where we are and need to ask something, but the service for you is called MESMAC http://www.mesmac.co.uk/find-help/hiv/hiv-testing/hull

What does confidentiality mean?

Confidentiality means that your information is kept private.  We will not tell anyone that you have been in to see us or what for, unless we are worried about your safety.  If you are under 16 we have got to tell someone if you tell us that you or someone else is being harmed in some way.  For example, if you told us someone was forcing you to have sex, we would be concerned about your safety and have to tell someone.  You will always know if this is going to happen, we would discuss it with you first, but we would have to take it further.  Usually this means a referral to social services.

 

What happens if I have a positive pregnancy test?

This really depends on you.  We are not going to try and persuade you to do one thing or another.  What we will do is ensure you have all the information to make your choice.  Whether you want to continue with or end the pregnancy we will support you to the next step.

If you are continuing with the pregnancy:

We will give you the information of the midwife team who will sort out an initial appointment with you, if you are nervous we will support you to make the call.  We can also arrange for you to meet up with the targeted pregnancy support team – Christine is with us every Friday.

If you are terminating the pregnancy (having an abortion):

We can make you an appointment at the hospital, or make a referral to Conifer Sunday clinic

If you don’t know what to do:

It is ok if you don’t know what you want to do.  We usually suggest that if you think you might chose to have an abortion that we get that referral made so time is on your side (you can have an abortion at up to 12 weeks in Hull), you can cancel the appointment at any point, you are not committing to this decision by doing this.

If you are under 16 we do not automatically have to tell anyone.  However, we will discuss with you who and how you might tell someone, for example your parents.  It is important you and your partner are supported whatever your choice.

 

How many times can you catch chlamydia?

You can catch chlamydia as many times as you come into contact with it.  Just because you’ve had it before doesn’t mean you can’t catch it again (see chlamydia STI page)

Does getting a test hurt?

No, there may be some uncomfortable parts depending on if you have symptoms, but if you are just checking to be sure you will only have to pee in a pot or self swab, and give a little bit of blood.

There are lots of scary stories about things being put down penises etc, but they will only do a tiny swab if there is discharge.  It might not be very comfortable but it shouldn’t really hurt.

Do I have to get my bits out?

Usually no, unless you have any symptoms, which a doctor or a nurse would take a look at, you will not have to show anyone your genitals.

How long will my STI test take?

Not long at all, most people are done in 20 minutes if they are just getting check-up, if you have symptoms it might take longer

How long till I get my results?

Results are usually back within about 2 weeks, staff at Conifer will get in touch with you if you need treatment

I’ve not heard anything from my test.

When you have your test we will explain that no news, is good news!  If you’ve not heard anything you can assume the test is negative.  If you still want a definite result we can call for you, or you can call 336397 for your results.

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