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Feeling depressed after childbirth

The baby blues During the first week after childbirth, many women get what's often called the 'baby blues'. Women can feel down or depressed at a time when they expect they should feel happy at having a baby to look after. 'Baby blues' are probably…

Gay health: the issues

If you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, by being aware of your health risks and having relevant health checks, you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of illness. Gay men, lesbians and bisexual people have the same health needs as straight people. However, research shows that…

Getting contraception

Contraception is free for most people in the UK, and there are 15 types to choose from. Find out what's available and where you can get it. Contraceptive methods protect against pregnancy. If you use contraception correctly, you can have sex without worrying about getting…

Hearing Impairment

On this page you will be able to access resources which will give you: An overview of what Hearing Impairment is and how it affects different people Some answers to the more frequently asked questions about Hearing Impairment A list of useful contacts and support…

Help for problem gambling

Being a compulsive gambler can harm your health and relationships, and leave you in serious debt. If you have a problem with gambling and you'd like to stop, support and treatment is available. Are you a problem gambler? Try this questionnaire: Do you bet more…

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by a virus that's spread through blood and body fluids. It often doesn't cause any obvious symptoms in adults and typically passes in a few months without treatment. But in children, it often persists for years and may eventually cause serious…

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver. If left untreated, it can sometimes cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver over many years. However, with modern treatments it's usually possible to cure the infection, and most people with it will have a normal…

Heroin addiction: get help

If you're addicted to heroin and you want to stop, you can ask your GP or local drug treatment service for help. As someone with a drug addiction you are entitled to the same confidential NHS care as anyone else who has a health problem.…

HIV and AIDS

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease.  AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the name used to describe a number of potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses that happen…

How to deal with stress

Stress causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties. You may notice that your heart pounds, your breathing quickens, your muscles tense and you start to sweat. This is sometimes known as the 'fight or flight' response. Once…
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