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Avoid a Valentine's Day Surprise This Year!

Avoid a Valentine’s Day Surprise This Year!

Date of release: 13 February 2017

Romantics across Wolverhampton are being warned to take care of their sexual health this Valentine’s Day to avoid receiving unwanted gifts.

Embrace, Wolverhampton’s Sexual Health Service, is reminding people of the dangers of having unprotected sex. Risks include contracting sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia, or unplanned pregnancies if adequate protection is not used.

Embrace’s Clinical Director and Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV, Dr Radhika McCathie, said: “Many people will be out on dates this Valentine’s Day. If you are entering into a new relationship, or even if you are already in a relationship, it is important to not take unnecessary risks. We urge everyone to take caution and enjoy themselves safely by practicing safe sex.”

Whilst most sexually transmitted infections are treatable, they can be very unpleasant and can cause long term damage to your health if not treated early.

Wearing a condom offers the best form of protection against pregnancy and STIs. This applies to people of all age groups and sexual orientations as infections, including HIV, are prevalent among all sections of the community.

Embrace provides a free, non-judgemental, confidential service to anyone who wants testing for sexually transmitted infections, treatment, advice, as well as offering a full range of free contraception.

Anyone who has any symptoms or has any concerns about their sexual health should contact Embrace on 01902 695000 or visit www.embracewolverhampton.nhs.uk for completely confidential, non-judgmental advice and support.”

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Press release issued by the Communications team. For more information call 01902 695900