What does the age of consent mean?


The age of consent means the legal age a person is allowed to consent to sexual acts. The age of consent in the UK is 16 for anyone regardless of gender or sexual orientation or whether they are in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship.

An adult who has any form of sexual activity with a person younger than 16 can not claim that the sexual activity was consensual - such an act would be considered child abuse and/or rape.

Had unprotected sex?

If you have had unprotected sex this puts you at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection.

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