Date of release: 7 July 2021
A new campaign has been launched to encourage safer sex this summer, following the announcement of the ending of COVID-19 legal restrictions.
The ‘safe sex this summer’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of practicing safe sex and promote the variety of services available to the Wolverhampton population.
It has been launched by Embrace, Wolverhampton’s Sexual Health Service, at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Public Health team to encourage safer sex following the announcement of the ending of COVID-19 restrictions, which is expected on July 19th.
Dr Radhika McCathie, Consultant/Clinical Director Sexual Health and HIV Service at RWT, said: “As we cautiously and safely come out of lockdown we just want to remind people that looking after your sexual health is still as important as ever and we want to ensure people know where to go if they need help.
“One of the most effective ways of protecting against sexually transmitted infections is to use a condom.
“However, as many STIs don’t have any obvious symptoms and can lead to more serious health consequences, regular testing is just as important.
“If you don’t have symptoms and just want to get tested then you can order an at-home STI testing kit.
“Simply request your free test kit online by going to www.embracewolverhampton.nhs.uk. Once it has arrived, provide your sample following the instructions, send the kit back in the pre-paid packaging and await the results.
“We also offer fast track testing clinics which can be booked by calling Embrace 01902 444444.”
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is important that people practice safe sex to protect not only themselves, but also their partner.”
People requiring emergency contraception can also contact the service directly or can obtain the ‘morning after pill’ free of charge from many of our community pharmacies around the city, which are listed on our website www.embracewolverhampton.nhs.uk
If you want to discuss any concerns, you can call the confidential advice and guidance line on 01902 481689 every weekday 9am-12pm or text Chat Sexual Health, on 07480 635 548.
Alternatively, please visit the Embrace website for further details about all our services and opening times.
All services are free, confidential and non-judgmental and available to people of all ages, genders and orientations.
Worried About Your Sexual Health? Poster (PDF, 336Kb)