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Town backing for sexual health awareness week
10:49am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
STAFF in the town have been backing the National Sexual Health Awareness Week.
The national campaign ‘XES-We can’t go backwards’ hopes to ensure everyone has access to information and treatment when they need it so they can enjoy ‘happy and healthy relationships’.
The Warrington Centre for Sexual Health opened earlier this year on Bath Street with services including family planning, reproductive heath and GUM services (genitourinary medicine) all under one roof.
Clr Pat Wright, executive board member for health, wellbeing and adult services, said: "The public health team has made great progress in providing a variety of different ways of making services to help and support the public readily available to all sectors of our community - and they are enjoying much success.
“We need to continue to stamp out the stigma surrounding sexual health services and continue to promote the message that we want people to view looking after their sexual health as routine as visiting the dentist or having their eyes tested.”
Since the centre opened the team have had a busy first three months with the Genito Urinary Medicine service exceeding its target by seeing more than 1,800 people.
There is also a dedicated service in The Gateway which offers young people aged 19 and under a confidential sexual health drop-in service.
The Youth Advice Shop (YAS) is a team of doctors, nurses and youth workers who support teenagers on contraception, sexual health testing and relationships.
There is also a local initiative called ‘C-card scheme’ which offers young people access at 20 sites across Warrington to free condoms, along with advice and support from trained staff.
For more information call 644202.
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