Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) or sexual health clinics are designed to diagnose and treat people of all ages who think they may have genito-urinary infections (eg. gonorrhoea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, warts or genital herpes).
GUM clinics are usually attached to main hospitals and give free, confidential advice and treatment. At many clinics you can attend for treatment without making an appointment. However some do prefer you to make an appointment, so it's a good idea to telephone for details. At the same time you can check the opening hours of the clinic as they vary considerably.
For the address and telephone number of your nearest clinic, look under Venereal Disease, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) or Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) in the telephone directory. Some health authorities have tape recorded messages giving details of GUM clinics. The numbers of these are also listed in the telephone directory.
You can also ring The Family Planning Association Tel: 0171 837 4044 and The National Aids Helpline Tel: 0800 567 123 for the address of your nearest clinic.