Health professionals across Lancashire are encouraging residents to practice safe sex this summer.
The Contraception and Sexual Health Team (CaSH) at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has launched a ‘Summer Lovin’ Safely’ campaign to promote positive sexual health messages and their free confidential clinics.
The team offer Chlamydia screenings to under 25s to target the spread of infection at a time that sees a high volume of young people visit holiday destinations during the summer break.
Statistics show that one in 14 young people who have unprotected sex could be at risk of Chlamydia.
Donna Welsh, Chlamydia Screening Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“At this time of year we see an increase of under 25s visiting our clinics for screenings, so it’s all the more important to get the message across to people that good condom use is an effective way of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
“It is also a great opportunity to encourage people to talk about contraception and good sexual health. With only 25% of women and 50% of men experiencing symptoms, it’s essential people are encouraged to get tested in order to get treated.”
To contact your local Contraception and Sexual Health Team and book an appointment please call 01772 401140.
The service is free and accessible to everyone. There are clinics in various locations and different session times across Lancashire. To find out more about services in your area, please visit www.cashlancashire.nhs.uk.
To order a Chlamydia test online visit www.best2know.co.uk.