THT to offer free STI testing at Wakefield Pride

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HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will be out in force at Wakefield Pride (Sunday 14th August), offering free tests for the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) chlamydia and gonorrhoea. They will also hand out free condoms and provide information on safer sex to festival-goers.

The chlamydia and gonorrhea 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. 1 in 14 people aged 18 – 24 in the UK have undiagnosed chlamydia, and Pride is an opportunity to make sure they have the information and resources they need to protect themselves.

Jane Morel, Regional Manager for the THT in North of England said: “Wakefield Pride is a great event for the local LGBT community, but also a chance for Terrence Higgins Trust to reach large numbers of people at risk of sexual ill health. We’re delighted to be involved with this year’s event. Gay men remain at significantly higher risk of HIV and other STIs, so it’s vital we give them, along with other local people, what they need to stay safe.”

Wakefield Pride will be held in the Southgate area and will run all day on the 14th August, 2011. For more information on THT’s testing services in Wakefield, please contact Bev Sheppard on (01977) 614120 or email info.wakefield@tht.org.uk