Health professionals are encouraging men and women of all ages to get tested for sexually transmitted infections during Sexual Health Week.
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Integrated Sexual Health Service provides treatment, advice and support for sexually transmitted infections, HIV and provides a full range of contraception. Under 25’s can request free chlamydia and gonorrhoea postal home testing kits.
The aim of this year’s Sexual Health Week is to raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases, how using condoms can prevent infections and how to get tested.
Dr Nadi Gupta, Consultant and Clinical Lead for the Integrated Sexual Health Service, said: “Sexual Health Week is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the first class service we have in Rotherham.
“Every patient is offered an appointment within 48 hours and all patients are offered routine tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV. Many patients with these infections have no symptoms at all so it’s worth getting tested to avoid any potentially serious complications, such as infertility.
“We have a good uptake of people accepting confidential HIV tests, where results can be provided on the same day. It is crucial that people with HIV get diagnosed as soon as possible in order to keep them well. We offer a service where all results can be confidentially texted or emailed to patients within two weeks and patients should feel reassured that modern medicine means most people can expect to have the same life-span as anyone else.
“We want people of all ages to know how to look after their sexual health and to feel reassured that if they ever have any concerns, there is a professional and highly skilled team here to help. We won’t inform your GP or your family about your results. It’s confidential and treatment is free whatever your age.
“I hope Sexual Health Week helps remove some of the stigma and embarrassment associated with talking about sexual health and encourages people to get tested or seek the best form of contraception for them.”
The Sexual Health Service, formally known as Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) and the Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CASH).
The Family Planning Association say that in 2015, there were more than 435,000 STI diagnoses in England and rates across the UK remain high compared to other countries in western Europe.
For more information about the Trust’s Sexual Health Service, formally known as Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) and the Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CASH), visit: www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/department.aspx?id=169&terms=sexual%20health%20service
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