Sun, Sand and (no) STIs

This summer Spectrum Community Health CIC are reaching out to holiday goers and asking them to remember five top-tips to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Holidays often provide an opportunity to meet new people whilst feeling free from social restraints and therefore can lead to increased sexual activity. To avoid STIs and ensure a clean bill of sexual health, people should visit a Spectrum clinic for STI testing before going on holiday.

Spectrum’s top-tips for reducing STI risk are:

  1. Visit a clinic for an STI test before going on holiday
  2. Pack plenty of condoms! – Be cautious of counterfeit brands abroad
  3. Carry a condom in your pocket/bag
  4. ALWAYS use a condom
  5. Visit a clinic for an STI test when you return

Belinda Loftus, Cluster Head of Spectrum Sexual Health services said, “We want to encourage people to visit a clinic for an STI test before going abroad and then again when they return, to stop symptoms from becoming more severe. To protect against STIs and unwanted pregnancy it is essential to pack plenty of condoms from the UK, this avoids the risk of purchasing fake, poor quality and potentially unsafe brands abroad.”

Spectrum clinics offer STI testing, information, support and free condoms* and cover the Wakefield, Barnsley and Wigan and Leigh districts.

Dr Tana Green, Clinical Lead, Wakefield Integrated Sexual Health said, “Chlamydia is the most common STI amongst both men and women, particularly amongst sexually active teenagers and young adults. Always using a condom is the best way to protect from STIs and if anyone is worried about possible symptoms they should visit their local Spectrum clinic.”

*People aged 16-24 can get free condoms through Spectrum’s C-Card scheme and can register for free at https://www.c-card.org.uk/wakefield/c-card.html

You can learn more about STIs and prevention services offered by Spectrum by visiting our website www.sexual-health.co.uk