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Sexual Health Awareness Week 2015

Posted on the 4th September 2015

Sexual health, including sexual pleasure and wellbeing, matters to everyone regardless of age and Lancashire residents are being reminded of this during Sexual Health Awareness Week.

Sexual Health Awareness Week is taking place between 14 and 20 September and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the week by continuing to highlight and communicate the importance of good sexual health around the area. The week is led by the Family Planning Association and this year the theme will be focusing on sexual pleasure and wellbeing. There are five key areas around the theme that are being targeted during the campaign which are:
  • Education
  • Older people
  • Learning disabilities
  • Separating fantasy from reality
  • Communication skills
The Trust’s Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) Team are setting up information stands in their busiest clinics around East and Central Lancashire, which will be packed full of useful information on the five area’s and will sign post anyone needing help and support. The aim of the week is create an environment where people can talk openly about sex and sexual pleasure without fear or embarrassment and to explore the reasons why sexual pleasure remains a source of shame.

Sue Capstick, Service Line Manager for Sexual Health at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

‘‘This week is the perfect opportunity for us all to start healthy conversations about sexual pleasure that people might find awkward or uncomfortable. It’s time to reduce the stigma attached to this subject so people can discuss their sexual wellbeing with health professionals to get the advice and support they might need or answers to questions they have struggled to ask in the past.’’

The CaSH team hold regular contraception and Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics for anyone wanting to find out more information on issues relating to sexual health and discuss areas of concern. You can contact the team on 01772 401140 to find your nearest clinic or visit www.cashlancashirecare.nhs.uk. Further details about Sexual Health Awareness Week can be found on the FPA website by visiting www.fpa.org.uk