13,500 people living with an undiagnosed HIV infection in the UK

New figures released on World AIDS day by Public Health England (PHE) also estimate 101,200 people in the UK are living with HIV. According to new figures released on World AIDS Day (WAD) by PHE, an estimated 101,200 people are living with HIV in the UK. Of these more than 13,500 are living with an […]

Spectrum doctor shortlisted for Yorkshire Evening Post awards

A senior Spectrum doctor has been shortlisted as Doctor of the Year at the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2016. Dr. Fiona Schneider is the Clinical Lead of Spectrum’s Sexual Health services in Wakefield. The service offers contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, relationship & sexual health education (RSE) and outreach […]

National HIV testing week – Take the Test

Sexual Health Providers across Wakefield District are raising awareness about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) during National HIV Testing Week (NHTW). Spectrum Community Health, along with partner organisations, is urging people to take the test to know their HIV status. It’s important to get tested and diagnosed to ensure that treatment can begin early, improving your […]

Keeping safe in pregnancy

The Department of Health has launched a new website called Our Chance to help keep pregnant mothers and their babies safe – maximising women’s chances of having safer pregnancies. Our Chance has been developed with charities Best Beginnings and Sands to give parents the knowledge and confidence to maximise their chances of better outcomes for […]

Have your say on HIV services in the Wakefield district and Dewsbury area

NHS England is conducting a survey to evaluate HIV services within the Wakefield district and Dewsbury. The purpose of the survey is to obtain the views of people who use HIV services within these areas and then to take these views on board as much as possible. During the survey questions will be asked about […]

New day, new website and new blog!

New day, new website and new blog! Hooray! Our new website is live now with a dedicated section on Sexual Health. We are very excited about the launch of this website and sincerely hope you find it useful as well. We are writing this blog to introduce you to the sexual health section of this website. If […]

Spectrum welcomes call to make sex education statutory in schools

Spectrum Community Health has welcomed the call by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee to make relationship and sex education statutory in primary and secondary schools. The call comes after the committee published a report in September on ‘Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools’. The report outlines some deeply concerning evidences such […]

STI awareness must improve

As part of Sexual Health Week, Spectrum is driving awareness surrounding two lesser-known STIs, gonorrhoea and syphilis, especially because they can be hard to identify. Roughly 1 in 10 men and half of women infected with gonorrhoea won’t experience any obvious symptoms, whilst symptoms of syphilis can be very mild and change over time. Belinda […]

Dodgy kits give dodgy results

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the Department of Health, are reminding people to use only industry standard testing kits and condoms. As part of FPA’s Sexual Health Week, MHRA are asking people to avoid using counterfeit condoms and dodgy self-testing kits for HIV and STIs.  The agency is recommending […]