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Young people of Wolverhampton are encouraged to get tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections

A new campaign has been launched which urges young people to prioritise their sexual health and encourages everyone aged under 25 to get checked for STI's.

In support of Sexual Health Week, the campaign aims to spread the word that getting tested is not something young people should be embarrassed about, it is the right thing to do.

It recognises that for many, sexual health is often overlooked or ignored due to negative stigma or lack of awareness stopping many young people from going to get tested. 

A survey carried out by Public Health England and YouGov revealed almost half of 16 to 24 year olds have never used a condom with a new partner.

Dr Radhika McCathie, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: "Whilst many STIs don't have any symptoms, contracting them can have serious health consequences if left untreated and even lead to infertility.

"It is important that young people have the confidence to discuss and practice safer sex."

Getting tested couldn't be easier, with free at home testing kits now available to order online. To do so go to Embrace.

There are also a number of clinics specifically for young people. These include weekly clinics on site at the City of Wolverhampton College, University of Wolverhampton and The Way Youth Zone as well as daily clinics including a walk-in service available at the Fowler Centre at New Cross Hospital.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Having good sexual health helps people not only avoid infections and illnesses but also to take responsibility by ensuring they protect themselves and others physically and emotionally.

"I would urge people to take their sexual health as importantly as any other aspect of their health and to get themselves tested for STIs."

For further information on how you can get tested, go to Embrace.

For more information about Sexual Health Week 2018, which this year focuses on consent, visit FPA - the Sexual Health Charity.

  • released: Monday 24 September, 2018