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NHS Trust Sexual Elf campaign unwrapped

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is launching a sexual health campaign from 13th December to encourage local residents to be safe this Christmas.

The Trust will be releasing sexual health facts over ‘12 days of Christmas’ to raise awareness of the services they offer, and spread the messages of aiding the importance of safe sex, give facts on STI’s and pregnancy and act as a reminder for those to look after their sexual health during the Festive period.

The 12 days of Christmas facts featured in the campaign will be promoted via social media, in schools, clinics and community hospitals from Monday, up until Christmas Eve.

  • One unprotected encounter to get pregnant
  • Two people are responsible for contraception
  • Three days to take emergency contraception
  • Four types of viral infection
  • One in twenty gay and bisexual men are living with HIV, but one in five of those are undiagnosed
  • Six sexual health clinics ran by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
  • Seven out of ten cases of chlamydia are in women
  • One in eight girls, and one in ten boys have unsafe sex after drinking alcohol
  • Nine months to have a baby
  • Ten percent of men with gonorrhoea don’t have symptoms
  • Eleven percent of teenage girls ages 13 to 16 have sexted nude photos of themselves
  • In twelve months, 439,243 cases of STI’s were reported in England (2014)

 

Dr. Bill Spice, Clinical lead within Sexual Health Service, said: “Everyone has the right to an enjoyable and fulfilling sex life, but we also have a responsibility to avoid causing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Using condoms is the best way to do this, and all our clinics provide them free of charge. Alcohol often makes people take a risk by not using a condom - don’t be one of them and end up with an unwelcome Christmas present this year!”

To follow the campaign on social media, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @worcshealthcare and use the #12SexualElfFacts.

The Trust’s sexual health service provides contraception, emergency contraception, Chlamydia testing, STI testing and treatment, free condoms, pregnancy testing, sexual health advice, pregnancy advice and pregnancy counselling.

People can access support across the county through Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) Clinics, Contraception Clinics, Time 4U Services, Pregnancy Advisory Services, Vasectomy Services and a Chlamydia Screening Programme.

To find out more about the services offered, please click here

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