Sexual health advice on offer to young

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A NEW sexual health support service for young people is now up and running in the borough.

Condoms and advice on avoiding sexually-transmitted diseases are on offer to those up to the age of 24 at weekly sessions held at North Tyneside Council’s Connexions Centre in North Shields.

Judith Stonebridge, pictured, public health specialist and sexual health lead for NHS North of Tyne, said: “Our C-card scheme provides young people with easy access to professional advice and support and, if it’s appropriate, contraception.

“We are really pleased that Connexions is working with us to provide this service to the young people who use its services.”

Condom card or C-card sessions are held from 3.30pm to 5pm every Friday at the Russell Street centre.

A full list of C-card outlets and opening times is available online at www.northtynesidepct.nhs.uk

More than 60 health centres, clinics and pharmacies are involved in the C-card scheme, including Monkseaton Clinic, Whitley Bay Health Centre, Longbenton Youth Project and Moor Park Healthy Living Centre and The Avenue, both in North Shields.

Signing up to the scheme means young people can pick up free condoms from any participating outlet in North Tyneside and will be automatically tested for chlamydia.