Sun Sand and (no) STIs


This summer as many people are preparing to head off on their holidays Spectrum Health CIC is asking that they remember  the top five tips to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)


Spectrums top-tips for reducing STI risk are:


  1. Visit a clinic for an STI test before you go on holiday.
  2. Pack plenty of condoms. Be cautious of counterfeit brands.
  3. Always carry a condom in your pocket or bag.
  4. ALWAYS use a condom.
  5. Visit a clinic for an STI test when you return.


Holidays give us a great opportunity to meet new people, often in a friendly, casual or romantic way and to make sure you return from your holiday with a clean bill of sexual health people in Barnsley, Wakefield, Wigan and Leigh should visit a Spectrum clinic for an STI test before they go away.

To find out about our clinic opening times click here.


Belinda Loftus, Cluster Manager of Spectrum Health Services said:

“We want to encourage people to visit a clinic for an STI test before they go away and then again when they return. If they have picked up an STI then we will be able to treat it before the symptoms become more severe.

“To protect against STIs and unwanted pregnancies it is essential to pack plenty of condoms bought in the UK. This avoids the risk of buying poor quality and potentially unsafe condoms from abroad.”


*People aged 16-24 can get free condoms through Spectrum’s C-Card scheme and can register for free here.