Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS

Sexual health affects all members of our society and at all ages and increasing individual and community understanding, tolerance and acceptance is central to an informed healthy society. Sex education is not only concerned with how our bodies work, but emphasis that sexuality is best placed within the context of relationships based on love and respect.

The ‘Western Isles Sexual Health Strategy 2007-2012: Respect and Responsibility’ is available to download in our Reports section (under Professionals header).

Health Promotion is involved with many local and national groups and agencies to help support and deliver sexual health training and information in the Western Isles.

Sexual Health, Family Planning & Contraceptive Services Leaflet

A leaflet offering information on local Sexual Health, Family Planning & Contraceptive Services available throughout the Western Isles has been produced.  To view please click here.

Free Contraceptive Supplies

Free condoms and lubricant gel are provided by NHS Western Isles and are available from a number of locations. These include: GP Surgeries throughout the Western Isles, Health Information & Resources Service (HIRS) based at Stornoway Health Centre, Pointers Youth Cafe in Stornoway and Health Promotion (Stornoway and Benbecula offices).  No appointment is necessary and items can be collected as and when required.. All services are confidential and discreet.

Condoms and lubricant gel can also be posted out discreetly from the Health Information & Resources Service (HIRS) on request. Simply telephone (01851) 701545 or visit ‘HIRS Western Isles’ on Facebook.

Family Planning Clinic / Family Planning Services

Family planning and sexual health appointments can be booked at any GP Practice, even if it is not at your own regular GP Practice.

In Lewis and Harris A Family Planning Clinic is available on an appointment basis and held every Monday from 2pm-4.15pm at the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway. To book your appointment tel. 01851 763300.

In the Uists and Barra, family planning services are provided by GP Practices.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception is used when contraception has failed or in the event of unprotected sex, to prevent pregnancy.  Emergency contraception can be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex, but it is more effective the sooner it is taken.

Sexual Health – stay safe 

Whether you’re part of a couple, in a new relationship, have many partners or are happy and relaxed not having sex, everyone needs to take care of their sexual wellbeing.  Get the chat from the Sexperts and stay safe.  Further details can be found on

Out Out West

‘Out Out West’ is a group which offers information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-Gender people in the Western Isles. Visit their page on Facebook.


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