Sexually Active?

By | December 21, 2008

I’m all in favour of being sexually aware not just from the perspective of openly enjoying your sex life with your partner and exploring together but also from the sexual health perspective. Anything which raises awareness to the avoidable diseases out there and preventative actions is a good thing.

Sex should be enjoyed but not at all costs. You need to ensure that you are safe. Irresponsible behaviour can not only cost you your life but render you infertile. Neither of which are desirable.

That is why I applaud London for attempting something completely new. Pub and club goers are being offered a Chlamydia home testing kit to encourge more under 25’s to get tested. Up to now the number being tested is around 5%, which really isn’t enough.

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) cause by bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis and is the most commonly diagnosed STI. It is deadly because between 50% of men and 70% of women don’t know they have the infection because they have no symptoms. But this infection can cause infertility if left untreated.

The kits containing a leaflet and a form to fill in your personal details, a plastic “pee pot” and a free post envelope are being placed in dispensers in pub toilets for ease of access.

I hope this is a successful project which will then see the kits rolled out all over the UK.

Lets all have fun but be safe!