Sexual health and identity
The concept of sexual health encompasses many perspectives, such as pleasure, consent, safety and identity, but also physical health in terms of the absence of sexually transmitted diseases. At the Student Health Centre, we understand that sexual health is fundamental to the general health and well-being of students.
What is sexual health?
The Student Health Centre works according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of sexual health: a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.
Good sexual health means that you have the possibility to have pleasurable and safe sexual experiences when you want – free of coercion, discrimination and violence. In order for this to happen, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
Sexual health can vary throughout the course of a person’s life and may be affected by various factors, e.g. stress, low mood and illnesses.
Sexual health-related issues or problems may involve:
- prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
- loss of libido
- painful intercourse
- intimacy issues
- worry/concerns over gender identity or sexual orientation
- risk-taking/sexual risk-taking behaviour
- erectile dysfunction.
You are welcome to make an appointment at the Student Health Centre if you need guidance on how to find the right health care service to help you with these types of problems.
Sexually transmitted infections and testing
Sexually transmitted diseases are infections spread through unprotected sex. The most common types of infection in Sweden are chlamydia, gonorrhoea and herpes. You should test yourself for sexually transmitted diseases if you have had unprotected sex. In some cases, you may experience symptoms, such as abnormal discharge or a burning sensation when you urinate. However, you can also have a sexually transmitted disease and not experience any symptoms.
You can contact the Student Health Centre during our phone hours to schedule testing for
Please note that we do not offer tests for other STDs. You will find our phone number and telephone hours under Contact information.
There are several places in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg where you can get tested for sexually transmitted diseases free of charge. You can also order a self-test kit online free of charge. To help you find the right care, we have compiled a list of clinics in the cities mentioned above.
Keep in mind that you should wait at least one week after exposure before getting tested. Testing is done through a urine sample or a vaginal swab. If you are going to provide a urine sample, it is important not to urinate for at least one hour before the test.
If you have symptoms and/or want to test yourself for sexually transmitted diseases, we ask that you contact one of the following:
- Centre for sexual health in Malmö's website (in Swedish)
Telephone: +46 (0)40 33 17 47
- Lund STI Clinic's website (in Swedish)
Telephone: +46 (0)46 17 11 65 or +46 (0)46 17 21 13 (appointments only)
- SESAM Clinic in Lund's website (in Swedish)
- Helsingborg STI Clinic's website (in Swedish)
+46 (0)42 406 23 09
- Youth Guidance Centre (ungdomsmottagning, in Swedish) – (Lund accepts visits from young people under the age of 23)
Pregnancy tests and contraceptive advice
Do you need advice or help finding a method of contraception? Or do you need to take a pregnancy test? If so, get in touch with someone from Region Skåne’s Midwife Clinic. If you are under the age of 23, you can also turn to your closest Youth Guidance Centre.
- Midwife Clinics in Skåne on 1177.se (in Swedish, clarification below*)
- Youth Guidance Centres in Sweden on umo.se (in Swedish, clarification below*)
*If you wish to see the results for a specific municipality, for example Lund, you can type in the name of that municipality in the first search field, 'Var vill du söka?' and click 'Sök'.
If you have unprotected vaginal intercourse and want to reduce the risk of pregnancy, you can take an emergency morning-after pill. You can buy the morning-after pill at a pharmacy without a prescription.
Help and support on issues concerning sexual health
Below you will find a range of services that you can turn to for information or support regarding sexual health issues.
You will find information on contraception and how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases on the NHS website. You can also find out more about libido, erectile dysfunction and other issues.
P6 (Project Sex) is an independent student organisation at Lund University that works to promote sexual health among students. They offer workshops, courses and hand out free condoms.
RFSL is the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights. You can turn to them to get involved in these matters or meet like-minded individuals. They also offer counselling if you have been subject to harassment, threats or violence because of your sexual orientation.
RFSU Malmö is a local association that is committed to pursuing a knowledge-based and open approach to sexuality and relationships. RFSU is a professional, objective and non-profit organisation that works to raise awareness and shape opinion on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In addition, they offer sex therapy and counselling if required. You also have the opportunity to become a member and get involved in your local community.
The Youth Guidance Centre, UMO (from ungdomsmottagning in Swedish), has a website aimed at young people between 13 and 25 years old. You can find information on sex, health and relationships on UMO’s website. UMO, which also has clinics in e.g. Lund and Malmö, is financed by all the regions in Sweden. The multilingual Youmo website is aimed at newly arrived young people who speak a language other than Swedish.
Issues relating to gender identity
If you have questions or concerns about transgender, gender identity or gender-affirming care, you can turn to Newcomers Youth. They focus on gender identity issues and are part of RFSL and RFSL Youth and work outside of the health care system.
The Centre for Sexual Health in Malmö is the clinical unit within Region Skåne that is responsible for dealing with issues related to gender identity for adults.
Telephone and appointment booking
+46 (0)46-222 43 77
Subject to temporary changes.
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Other healthcare providers
Other healthcare providers are referred to our telephone hours above. Please note that the Student Health Centre does not accept referrals from other healthcare providers.