Young people are being urged to think about their sexual health during the summer months.
NHS South East Essex advice is particularly aimed at young adults who are flying abroad for a summer break to warn them of the dangers of having unprotected sex.
Karen Payne, family Contraception & Sexual Health Services Service Manager for NHS South East Essex says: “Packing condoms is as essential as packing your sun tan lotion. Having sex without a condom can put you at risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection as well as an unplanned pregnancy. If you are on the contraceptive pill, stomach upsets can reduce its effectiveness and they may not work, so those packed condoms could come in very handy.”
If any local residents have had unprotected sex and would like non-judgemental and trusted contraceptive, reproductive and sexual health services, they can visit the Kingsley-Ward Centre (KWC) at Warrior House in Southend or one of many clinics in south east Essex, for further details call: 01702 577110.
Essex youngsters who are nervous or embarrassed about the thought of attending a clinic to get sexual health and contraception advice, can now also access up to date and accurate information online – thanks to a new website developed by the KWC www.thekwc.nhs.uk.