Get tested for summer, says sexual health service

Virgin Care Sexual Health Service’s in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Teesside and Northern Lincolnshire are urging local people of all ages to stay safe and get tested for sexually transmitted infections throughout summer, to avoid handing out unwanted summer gifts.

With busy summer holidays and plenty of parties into the light evenings, the risk of unplanned sex increases and if people have not been tested, they run the risk of passing on sexually-transmitted infections as well as unwanted pregnancy. Many sexually transmitted infections may have no symptoms; leaving people who haven’t been tested unaware they are spreading infections.

Sexual health services are run on behalf of the local authority and NHS, offering everyone in the local areas advice and guidance on sexual health issues, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as information on emergency contraception and how to obtain it.

The Sexual Health Hub ( also allows users to check out symptoms, read more about sexually transmitted infections, and book an appointment 24 hours a day, advice on how to get tested at a local clinic. Users can also find contact details for their nearest clinic with which they can book an appointment over the phone, online or request a self-testing kit to complete at home.

Advice from a nurse, and appointments can also be obtained by phone 24 hours a day from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday by calling 0300 330 1122.

Lauri Mclaughlin, Service Manager at Virgin Care’s Teesside Sexual Health Service, said: “The weather and time away from work mean people are planning holidays and parties which increases the number of people having unplanned sex. It is important that people get tested and are prepared to.

“People of all ages are at risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted infections, everybody should be aware of the dangers and take precautions, and if you do have unprotected sex over the holidays, make sure you get a check-up through your local Sexual Health Service.”


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