Health bosses say ‘no excuse’ for no condom

'No Excuses' campaign: dispensing assistants Denise Briscoe and Faye Craigie with Steve Searby, health improvement manager and Amanda Smith, pharmacy manager at Heath Pharmacy, Savile Park
'No Excuses' campaign: dispensing assistants Denise Briscoe and Faye Craigie with Steve Searby, health improvement manager and Amanda Smith, pharmacy manager at Heath Pharmacy, Savile Park
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A campaign launched in pharmacies across Calderdale urges young adults to look after their sexual health.

The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with 49 pharmacies in Calderdale for the ‘No Excuses’ campaign - which has been timed to coincide with this summer’s music festivals.

Festival goers from Calderdale are being told there’s no excuse not to look after their sexual health.

The campaign lists common excuses for not wearing a condom and provides some of the responses to prove there is ‘no excuse’. People are encouraged to submit any excuses they have heard to be in with a chance of winning a prize and a gym membership.

Steve Searby, health improvement manager, said. “Our campaign is a little cheeky but it has a very serious message behind it. We hope it will catch the attention of local young adults, including those who may be heading to one of the UK’s popular music festivals this summer. ”

Teenage pregnancy figures in Calderdale show that the district is doing better than the national average with a 13 per cent reduction over the last 10 years.

Chlamydia remains a significant sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Calderdale, like the UK. In Calderdale, 91 per cent of chlamydia cases are diagnosed in the 15-34 age group.

Amanda Smith, manager of Heath Pharmacy in Savile Park, said: “We ‘re delighted to be part of this campaign and hope it’ll make people stop and think. If you’re sexually active then condoms are the only way of protecting yourself against sexually transmitted infections. No excuse is worth taking the risk.” Visit www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/sexualhealth