Get checked for unwanted Christmas presents

Virgin Care’s sexual health services are urging people for National STI Day to get tested after the festive period.

National STI Day takes place two weeks after the Christmas and New Year party season which is when many people have unprotected sex, and Virgin Care’s Sexual Health Service is letting people know they should get tested.

Virgin Care provides Sexual Health Services in Teesside, North and North East Lincolnshire and Oldham, Bury and Rochdale where they give treatment and advice on sexual health issues, emergency contraception and free condoms.

Virgin Care’s online sexual health hub (, which is a portal of information and advice, is also available for people to find their nearest clinic, request free testing kits to use at home and book appointments at any time.

 Jill Ladlow, Service Manager and Consultant Nurse at Virgin Care’s Northern Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health Service, said: “It’s so important to get tested and after the Christmas period when a lot of people have unplanned or unsafe sex it’s even more important.

“Party season can lead to unprotected sex which increases the risk of catching sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea and chlamydia leading to possible complications in later life, like infertility.

“Common STIs like chlamydia can take two weeks to be detectable so the middle of January is the perfect time to get tested, and it’s a month before Valentine’s Day so it’s best to know you can celebrate knowing you are free of infection.”

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