New Couples encouraged to “Test Together” to avoid STIs

New Couples encouraged to “Test Together” to avoid STIs Spectrum Sexual Health services are encouraging new couples to ‘Test Together’ for a sexual health check and avoid symptoms of undiagnosed STIs. STI testing at the start of a new relationship could prevent couples from discovering STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea further down the line […]

Protect your sexual ‘elf over the Christmas period

Protect your sexual ‘elf over the Christmas period In the run up to Christmas,remember that alcohol can cloud your judgement when it comes to safe sex.  With festivities such as Mad Friday and Christmas parties, people can stay safe over the Christmas period – with the following advice to protect their sexual ‘elf! Alcohol can […]

Spectrum launches risk campaign for HIV Testing Week

HIV Testing Week 2018 started on Saturday 17th November, and Spectrum is teaming up with other healthcare services to offer local testing sessions and increase awareness around risky behaviours associated with HIV.   In 2017, 43% of people received a late diagnosis of HIV and an estimated 1 in 8 people with HIV are unaware […]

Spectrum launches Consent campaign for Sexual Health Week

During Sexual Health Week, a national campaign led by the Family Planning Association (FPA), Spectrum Community Health is raising awareness of the important topic of ‘consent’. The campaign runs from Monday 24th September until Sunday 30th September. ‘Consent Crossroads’ is a local campaign by Spectrum to support people to seek consent correctly and understanding the meaning of […]

‘New’ sexually transmitted infection (STI) Mycoplasma Genitalium – should you be worried?

Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) is a bacterium that might be linked to genital urinary diseases in men and women. Recently experts have identified MG to be sexually transmitted making this the latest STI for us all to think about. At the moment, it is quite likely that any symptoms are actually due to STIs such as […]

Reducing the risk of a rising STI

Efforts to tackle a rise in what was a declining sexually transmitted infection (STI) are being led by Spectrum Community Health CIC to dispel misconceptions and reduce risk. Once thought of as an old-school disease, Syphilis is becoming more prevalent across the UK with 7,000 cases reported in 2017 and a 20% rise in cases […]

Nursing Times award in sight for Teenage Pregnancy project.

Janet Oxley, Specialist Nurse at Barnsley Integrated Sexual Health, has been shortlisted in the ‘Nursing in the Community’ category for her work on the ‘The Teenage Pregnancy Pathway’ (TPP) TPP is a multi-agency initiative developed by Janet to reduce the number of pregnant teenagers who go on to have subsequent pregnancies. The project combines contraception […]

Spectrum Sexual Health Nurse becomes a ‘Queen’s Nurse’

Siobhan Andrewartha, a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Barnsley Sexual Health Services, picked up a Queen’s Nurse award earlier this week for developing an outstanding project to support asylum-seeking women. The  ‘Women’s Group for Asylum-Seeking Women’ was first started back in April 2017 and successfully helped asylum seeking women in the Barnsley area gain access to […]

The risk of potential exposure to Hepatitis C through sex

In January 2018, NHS England announced it would aim to eliminate hepatitis C by 2025, 5 years ahead of the WHO target. Numbers of patients receiving new oral treatments for the virus are already increasing year on year which has reduced the number of deaths by 10% and halved the number of patients needing a […]

Government debate discusses progress in eliminating hepatitis C

A government debate on the elimination of Hepatitis C will take place in Parliament today. The debate will discuss the UK’s progress towards global targets set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health threat by 2030. NHS England is on track meet the target by 2025; five […]