Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s sexual health service is urging people of all ages to stay safe and get tested for sexually transmitted infections for Valentine’s Day (14 February).
As people plan romantic evenings out or quite nights in and regardless of whether you are in a relationship or happy single, unplanned and unprotected sex could take place if you are not careful. This increases the risk of unwanted pregnancies and catching sexual transmitted infects.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) Service is, therefore, encouraging people to be prepared and get in touch for friendly and confidential advice on contraception or for information about STIs.
The team hold daytime and evening clinics for people of all ages, as well as services tailored specifically towards young people under 25.
Amy Nolan from the CaSH service at Lancashire Care said: “When Valentine’s Day comes, we do know that people will have increased sexual activity. If sex is on the cards for you this Valentine’s Day, make sure the only thing you are sharing with your partner are romantic moments not an STI or unplanned pregnancy. If you are sexually active or thinking about having sex, our friendly team can provide contraception, testing and treatment for STIs and advice and information to help people stay sexually healthy. Condoms can be picked up for free from all of our clinics and also via the ‘Wrapped’ condom scheme.”
CaSH provides an all age sexual health service in Blackburn with Darwen and a under 25s’ service in the areas covered by Lancashire County Council in conjunction with Brook, the young people's sexual health and wellbeing charity. To contact your local CaSH team, book an appointment or find out about ‘drop-ins,’ call 01772 401140. There are clinics in various locations and different session times across Lancashire. To find out more about services in your area, visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/cash-lancashire.