Sexual health services at the touch of a button

Published: 05 Sep 2019


Sexual Health Week 2019 launches on Monday 16 September, and to mark the occasion Hertfordshire County Council has launched a new interactive map of local sexual health and contraception services.

The map is just one of a raft of services and support available across Hertfordshire to help residents have good sexual health. The full range of information is available at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/sexualhealth  

Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as syphilis and gonorrhoea, are on the increase, so the council is also taking the opportunity to remind residents of the importance of using a condom - especially those in a new relationship, whatever their age.

Condoms are an effective way of preventing STIs. The interactive map shows where free condoms are available and there is a short film on the website to remind people how to use them correctly.

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Tim Hutchings, said: “We take protecting the sexual health of our residents very seriously, and Sexual Health Week is a great opportunity to throw a spotlight on the subject.

“Prevention is always better than cure and condoms are an effective way of stopping you from getting a sexually transmitted infection.

“However the sooner STIs are detected, the lower the risk is of passing it on to somebody else, so if you are at all concerned it is always best to get checked.

“It’s easier than you think in Hertfordshire – you can order a discreet home-testing kit online and receive your results in seven days.”

Free confidential chlamydia screening for people 24 years and under is available from a number of participating pharmacies.  YC Hertfordshire offers free condoms and chlamydia testing to young people through its Access Points. Visit www.ychertfordshire.org/support-for-young-people/yc-hertfordshire-access-points 

More information is available at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/sexualhealth


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