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Improving Sexual Health Services for the Most Vulnerable

Posted on the 6th February 2020

How the sexual health needs of the most vulnerable people in Blackburn with Darwen can be met is the topic of conversation at a conference next month.

Health specialists from the NHS and Blackburn with Darwen Council along with third sector organisation are coming together at the event on 13 March.

The event has been organised by the Contraception and Sexual Health Service to better understand the sexual health needs of vulnerable people in the borough. It is aimed at practitioners who work with vulnerable people.

Dr Tessa Malone, Consultant in Sexual Health in the Contraception and Sexual Health Service at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This event is about bringing health professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds together to discuss what we can do better to help meet the sexual health needs of the most vulnerable people in Blackburn with Darwen. At difficult times in their lives, people often neglect their sexual health, and this can lead to unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and other sexual problems. We’ve arranged for lots of different agencies to present on the day, to share their knowledge and experiences and bring some of their patients’ stories to life. Services presenting include drugs and alcohol services, sexual assault services, organisations that work with street sex workers, vulnerable young people and BAME organisations. What we’re trying hoping to do is inspire more joined up working between agencies, to benefit people in the borough, especially those who are most vulnerable.”

The event, titled ‘Keeping it Real,’ is invitation only and will be opened by Dr Tessa Malone, Sexual Health Consultant, and Dr Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health. Local specialists will share their experience of meeting the sexual health needs of the most vulnerable people.

The Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) service operates in Blackburn with Darwen. It is free, confidential and delivered by specialist experts in sexual health. The service offers a drop in service in some areas, in addition to pre booked appointments. For clinic locations, times, appointment booking, information and advice call the central booking line: 01254 283888 or visit for a list of pharmacies who offer emergency contraception. Some GPs may provide contraception and testing for STIs – ask at your practice.