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New service to improve sexual health

New service to improve sexual health

Published at 8:07am 24th January 2015.

A new sexual health service for young people and adults is being launched across North Yorkshire.

It will include advice, the provision of contraception, STI testing and treatment services and support for people with HIV and their carers.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will work with voluntary sector sexual health organisations and GP practices to provide services free of charge through a central booking system.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, said: "Taking care of your sexual health means more than being free from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or not having to face an unplanned pregnancy as a result of ineffective contraception, or no contraception at all. It means taking care of your own health, your partner's health and decisions about relationships.

"Providing an effective sexual health service is an important part of our wider work to support the physical, mental and social well-being of all our communities."

The new service will be up and running by 1 July.