Residents warned to look after their sexual health

By Ian Dipple Wednesday 04 December 2013 Updated: 12/12 14:53

THE CONSEQUENCES of unprotected sex are being highlighted as part of a new campaign over the festive period.

An advent style calendar is appearing on Worcestershire Health and Care Trust's social networking sites throughout December with the hashtag WrapUPThisChristmas. Each day will contain facts and statistics or advice for people concerned they may have put themselves at risk of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) or need emergency contraception.

A poster campaign has also been launched with local colleges.

Kate Wilson, from the Trust’s Sexual Health Service, said: "Our campaign isn’t about lecturing people, it’s about informing them how common STIs are and that using a condom for sex is best, even if women are using additional methods of contraception. "However, if for some reason that doesn’t happen, then there is help out there for people all year round, including over the Christmas season.

"We know that over the party season people enjoy celebrating and may lose their inhibitions and take risks they wouldn’t usually take, particularly under the influence of alcohol."

Anyone with concerns about sexual health or advice call 0800 783 2936.

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