HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will be marking Sexual Health Week (12-18th September), by running a week-long series of clinics and advice sessions at locations across Shropshire. Sexual Health Week is a national campaign which aims to promote good sexual health and raise awareness around sexual health issues as well as providing information, advice and resources on how best to stay safe.

During the week, THT staff and volunteers will tour town centres across Shropshire, providing advice about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), offering free chlamydia tests for those aged 16-24, and handing out thousands of free condoms. In addition, on Tuesday 13th, THT will run an extra HIV clinic from 10am-4pm at THT’s Wellington Centre.

Chlamydia remains the most commonly diagnosed STI in the UK, with an estimated 1 in 15 people aged between 16-24 having undiagnosed chlamydia. The chlamydia tests are free, simple and confidential – men will be asked to give a urine sample and women either a urine sample or self-administered swab. Samples will be sent off to the lab, with the results available in one week.

THT will be touring the following locations:

Monday 12th September – Ludlow Market, Ludlow 9-4pm
Sexual health advice, free chlamydia testing

Tuesday 13th September – THT Wellington 10-4pm
Sexual health advice, free chlamydia testing
Free HIV Fastest clinic10-4pm

Wednesday 14th September – Pride Hill Shopping centre, Shrewsbury 9-4pm
Sexual health advice, free chlamydia testing

Thursday 15th September – Telford Shopping Centre, Telford 9-4pm
Sexual health advice, free chlamydia testing

Friday 16th September – Owestry Charity Market 9-3pm
Sexual health advice, free chlamydia testing

Lotte Hakeman, Senior Practitioner at THT in Telford said: “Sexual Health Week is a great opportunity for THT to get people in Shropshire talking about sexual health. By running a series of clinics and advice sessions during the week we hope to engage with hundreds of people around the county and encourage them to get tested and to find out more about how to stay safe.

“We’re particularly pleased to be offering chlamydia testing to young people throughout the week because, despite better awareness about STIs, some young people are still reluctant to be tested, or worried about what the test involves. They needn’t be. Sexual Health Week is a great opportunity to show people how simple and easy the tests are. We hope that by spreading the message, young people in Shropshire and Telford will be better equipped to maintain good sexual health”

For more information or to view a full timetable of events please contact Lotte Hakeman on (01952) 221410 or email info.shropshire@tht.org.uk.

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