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Remember to look after your Sexual Elf this Christmas!

With the festive season fast approaching Sexual Health Wirral is urging people to look after their ‘Sexual Elf’.

The ‘Look after your Sexual Elf’ campaign has been designed to promote positive choices and safe sex over the holidays. Judy Fairbairn, Service Development Co-ordinator at Sexual Health Wirral said: “Christmas can often be a time when we meet new people or perhaps due to alcohol, take risks we may not otherwise take’.

 

‘Each January we see an increase in people attending our clinics and a rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Wirral. It’s great to see attitudes changing and people proactively getting sexual health checks, but prevention is key and using a condom every time you have sex can massively reduce the risk of STIs and unplanned pregnancy. All Sexual Health Wirral clinics provide free condoms and people can watch a video clip on our website – sexualhealthwirral.nhs.uk – on how to use a condom correctly if they are unsure.’

 

‘In Wirral 1 in 10 young people tested have chlamydia, so regular testing is really important as many people report having no symptoms and are shocked and surprised that they have the infection. Chlamydia is easy to treat, but left undetected it can cause future health problems that can affect your fertility. We always advise regular testing, especially if you have had a new partner or taken a risk.”

 

The campaign is being promoted in bars and clubs across Wirral during the Christmas season, with beermats to encourage people to have a ‘Sexual Elf Check’. If you've exposed yourself to the risk of an STI we strongly recommend you get tested. Or, if you are worried about something that does not look right or feel right it’s important to get checked out too.

 

Getting a test couldn’t be easier. The quickest and easiest way to get checked is to request a free and discreet STI postal test kit online - sexualhealthwirral.nhs.uk. Free testing is also available in all of our appointment and walk-in wait clinics. Visit the website for clinic opening hours or freephone 0300 123 5474 (Christmas clinic opening times are also now available). Remember, to test is best!

Last Updated: Monday, 18 December 2017 13:47

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