Why use condoms?
Condoms have been used for hundreds of years and until the invention of rubber used a whole range of materials including animal horn / shell, silk and animal membranes! Whatever the material though all condoms were designed for the purpose of preventing infection and the same is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago.
Many STI's have no symptoms but can have long lasting, harmful effects with some such as HIV being a lifelong infection. Where symptoms do occur these can be pretty unpleasant and one symptom of Gonorrhoea, for example, would a be a thick custard-like discharge coming from the end of the penis or from the vagina. A further problem is the increasing resistance of Gonorrhoea to our frontline treatments with the race on to find new ones.
Using condoms is the only way to reduce the risk of acquiring a STI. Furthermore regular testing, especially if you are in a high risk group (eg Young people aged 15-24yrs) is a good way to nip any Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea infection in the bud if you're unlucky enough to have acquired the infection.
To order a Chlamydia screening kit click here
For more information on STI's public health England have produced a campaign page and a series of short clips of real life stories. Click here
Sexwise produce information on a whole range of sexual health issues using animated images to get the point across. all videos can be accessed by clicking the images above and topics covering different STI's, emergency contraception and vaginal discharge.. Click the images below to take a look.
Calderdale Pride 2019
Calderdale Pride 2019 has a date! Click on the icon below for the facebook page.
Public Health England
Public Health England have produced a range of resources showing the impact Sexually Transmitted Infections can have on individuals physical health, and self-esteem. All these can be found on the campaign website access here, or by licking on image to the right.
It Starts With Me - Summer Campaign
The summer campaign for HIV prevention launched this on the 19th June and has a number of accompanying resources. This includes short videos and posters which can be used to raise awareness of this infection, and reassure people that on effective treatment, where HIV is undetectable, there is no risk of passing the infection on to anyone else. Simply register on the website (click picture on right), and you can access all these materials.
If a little history is your thing then Riyadh Khalaf takes a look at the history of condoms and why they are still so important today. Click here
Recent infections of highly resistant Gonorrhoea have been detected in the UK recently and while the 2 individuals concerned have been successfully treated it is a timely reminder that it is certainly possible to acquire these infections which can be difficult to treat. To read the most recent article click here.
Having the "condom chat" might be embarrassing but it's an important one to have. Take a look at the clip on the BBC website to listen to the experience of other young people and get some tips from sexual health experts. Click here.