Health bosses support National STI Awareness day

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Health bosses in South Lincolnshire are supporting National STI Awareness Day on January 14, to help raise awareness of the health dangers involved and support options that are available for patients suffering from a sexually transmitted infection.

According to Public Health data, in 2014, there were approximately 440,000 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) made in England. The most commonly diagnosed STI was Chlamydia, with 206,774 cases. During the year, over 1.6 million Chlamydia tests were carried out and almost 138,000 diagnoses identified amongst young people aged 15 to 24 years old.

This year’s STI Awareness Day aims to encourage people to think and ask questions about sexual health, improve their understanding about STIs and symptoms and be aware of the various support options available. Sexual health charity- The FPA, provides specialist support and information services to all age groups in the UK. Find out more about their support here: http://www.fpa.org.uk

Dr Kevin Hill, chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Following the festive season it is common to see an increase in the number of STI diagnoses. Infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and genital herpes are common culprits that STI Awareness Day aims to diminish.

“If you have had unprotected sex and think you may be at risk of an STI, I would advise you seek help straight away. Contact your local infection testing (GUM) clinic to arrange an appointment the FPA or NHS Choices websites.”