Fresher’s week is an exhilarating time for students, filled with new experiences, friendships, and exciting events. It’s a time to make new friends, explore new experiences, and embrace your newfound independence. But during all the fun and excitement, it’s essential to prioritise your health and well-being. At Essex Sexual Health Service, we’ve got you covered.

Your Sexual Health Matters

We’re thrilled to let you know that we’re still offering the free eC-Card app to help you make responsible choices when it comes to your sexual health.

The eC-Card app ensures that you have access to condoms, no matter where you are on campus or at Freshers’ events. Using condoms is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.

If things don’t go as planned during Freshers’ week or anytime during your academic year, emergency contraception is available to you as well. It’s readily available from our service and pharmacies, ensuring that you have a safety net when you need it most.

Promoting Safety: Vending Machine at the University of Essex

Using the eC-Card app, young people have been able to use the vending machine, located at University of Essex, Colchester, which offers free condoms and lube packets.

Asking for a Friend Initiative

The newly launched Asking for a Friend website is ready to assist you in your journey towards sexual health awareness. This exciting new platform is for all young people looking to access sexual health information discreetly and without the fear of judgment. We understand that discussions about sexual health can sometimes be met with embarrassment or hesitation, but the Asking for a Friend initiative aims to change that.

Whether you have questions about contraception, relationships, or STIs, Asking for a Friend provides a safe and judgment-free space for you to seek answers. The website is packed with comprehensive, up-to-date information, articles, and resources that empower you to make informed decisions about your sexual health. So, remember, you’re never alone on your journey towards sexual health awareness with Asking for a Friend by your side.

Your Health Records at Your Fingertips

We understand that University life can be hectic, and keeping track of your health can sometimes take a backseat. That’s where our free Personal Health Record portal comes in handy.

With the Personal Health Record portal, you can:

  • Access Your Health Records: View your test results, vaccination records, and important health information securely from anywhere, at any time.
  • Book Appointments: You can schedule appointments online, ensuring that you get the care you need without the hassle of waiting in line.
  • Set Reminders: Never forget to refill your prescriptions or schedule a regular check-up. The portal allows you to set reminders, ensuring that your health stays a top priority.
  • Receive Health Tips: Stay informed with our latest health tips and educational resources.

Signing up for the Personal Health Record portal is easy and confidential. Your information is securely stored, and you have control over who can access your records. It’s a powerful tool to take charge of your well-being while you navigate the exciting world of University life.

A Final Word

Freshers’ events are a fantastic opportunity to create memories. But remember, your health and safety should always come first. As you start this new chapter, take the time to prioritise your sexual health, and make informed decisions. It’s a crucial step towards a healthy and fulfilling University experience. To access our services and the Personal Health Record portal, visit our website at