Sex disease cases causing concern to health workers

SHOCKING statistics on Doncaster’s sexual health show almost one in 10 people in the town is suffering from chlamydia.

Figures released by the borough’s contraception and sexual health service show almost a tenth of the population of 290,000 are affected by it.

It is not long since another worrying statistic was disclosed, showing children as young as 15 were being treated for sexually transmitted infections in Doncaster because they were having unprotected sex.

A new chlamydia screening programme is being launched next month and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust has been asking Doncaster students how best to promote it among young people.

Staff from the sexual health service have been giving information at drop in clinics at The Hub and High Melton campuses of Doncaster College.

The clinics are open for an hour every weekday lunchtime to give advice about sexual health, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, and chlamydia testing.

“We hope the ‘freshers’ will take advantage of the free drop-in clinics on the college site and ensure good sexual health stays at the top of their agenda,” said clinical manager Christine Harrison.