YOUNG people in south east Northumberland are being urged to make sure they have not exchanged any unwanted presents over the festive period by going for a sexual health check-up.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies are a concern for health officials over Christmas and New Year period, but help is on offer.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is keen to make sure young people know how to look after their sexual health.
Services on offer include local clinics which provide contraception, testing and treatment for STIs, free condom supplies, pregnancy tests and emergency contraception.
The trust’s sexual health service is based at the Carlton Street Clinic in Blyth, while a range of clinics are also held in the community, including GP practices, schools and community centres.
Sue Bellamy, Northumberland sexual health services manager at the trust, said: “Young people are more aware today of the risks of STIs like chlamydia, but we have also seen a significant increase in cases of gonorrhoea, particularly in south east Northumberland.
“We would urge all sexually active young people to take a sexual health test when clinics reopen after Christmas.”
Visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/our-services/community/sexual-health-service for details of the trust’s sexual health clinics.