In cases of sex without consent, will all details still be private?The GUM has a strict confidentiality policy and generally all information given is not shared with any other departments. Sometimes the terms consent and underage gets mixed up by people. Just to be clear consent means that a person didn’t give their permission or agree to have sex at that time, underage means that a person is having sex under the legal age of 16 years old. In both cases the care and advice that the person receives will be private and will only consider what’s best for you.
In cases of sex without consent the clinic will be guided by what the person chooses to do and who to inform. Sometimes people choose not to inform the Police or take any further action and the clinic respects this. This would be discussed fully when the person attends and all options explained. The clinic would support whichever choice was made. This can be a really difficult time for the person involved and the staff in the clinic would be fully supportive as they are aware that the person may be feeling upset and traumatised.Sometimes initially after an incident like this all the person wants to do is forget that it happened and get on with their lives. This is understandable and it is very common to feel like this. It would be advisable in order to protect their health to get checked out for any STIs just in case. The GUM clinic can be contacted on 650710. Ask to speak to one of nurses who will advise regarding booking an appointment. Please try not to put off getting help. Once a problem is shared and the right help and support is given it is surprising how much better people can feel in even in this situation.