'RU Clear?' Roadshow
Tue, 20 January 2009
NHS Tameside and Glossop are offering every young person who takes a Chlamydia test a £5 music voucher and also the opportunity to be entered into the free prize draw to win a PC until end of January. The roadshow, which started at Tameside College, continues this week at Hyde Clarendon College and next week at Ashton Sixth Form College.
The 'R U Clear?' campaign is part of a national government initiative to encourage more under 25s to be tested in their communities. Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections amongst young people aged 15 – 24 and can often show no symptoms in men or women.
The campaign also aims to engage young people and encourage them to take more care of their sexual health, and to reduce health inequalities, by making testing accessible for everyone across Tameside and Glossop. Research has shown that one in ten people under 25 who have been tested for Chlamydia have the infection.
Sara Garratt, Commissioning Development Manager of NHS Tameside and Glossop, said: "The NHS are dedicated to ensuring that all young people under 25 in Tameside and Glossop have all the information, skills and opportunities needed to be able to look after their own sexual health."
"We understand that some young people may feel that there are a number of barriers they face that may hinder them from taking a Chlamydia test. We aim to break down some of these barriers to make it easier for young people to take more care of their sexual health and to make it a part of their everyday lives, as they would do their general health."
"Through the 'R U Clear?' campaign, we hope to highlight the risks that young people maybe taking with their sexual health, provide them with information and the facts and to encourage them to go for screening. We will also be encouraging those young people who are sexually active to use a condom every time they have sex, as the only way to protect themselves from STI’s and unplanned pregnancy."
Tameside College has already played host to trained health professionals in January when they were on hand to offer young people free Chlamydia tests, information, support and advice about sexual health issues and signposting to local sexual health services.
Under 25s living in Tameside & Glossop can receive a test by post by texting: 'TEST' followed by the name, address and age to 84010 or by calling 0161 339 2222.
For more information about the ‘R U Clear?’ campaign and terms and conditions for the competition visit http://www.ruclear.co.uk