Get tested for Valentine’s Day, says sexual health doctor

Virgin Care’s Sexual Health services are urging people of all ages to stay safe and get tested for sexually transmitted infections for Valentine’s Day.

As people plan romantic evenings out or quiet nights in it’s inevitable that some will have unplanned and unprotected sex. This increases the risk of unwanted pregnancy and catching sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV.

Virgin Care provides Sexual Health Services in Teesside, North and North East Lincolnshire, and Oldham Bury and Rochdale. Their services offer people of all ages advice and guidance on sexual health issues and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as information on emergency contraception and how to get it.

The Sexual Health Hub (www.thesexualhealthhub.co.uk), from Virgin Care, allows users to check out symptoms, read more about sexually transmitted infections, and book an appointment 24 hours a day 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.

Kate Horn, Virgin Care’s National Lead for Sexual Health, said: “Around Valentine’s Day we know that people will have increased sexual activity. For this reason it’s so important that people get tested for sexually transmitted infections. They can do this at our service by calling to book an appointment, booking one online or attending a walk-in session.

“People of all ages are at risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted infections so everybody should be aware of the dangers and take precautions. Carry a condom with you so you can’t be caught unprepared. 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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