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Young People Sexual Health Clinics – New Mobile Phone App »

NHS Lanarkshire have recently developed a new mobile phone app to support the ‘Young People (YP) Sexual Health Clinics’.

YP Sexual Health (YPSH) Clinics, offer a range of services for young people aged 20 and under.  The services include contraception, STI testing and treatment, BBV testing, free condoms, general information and advice.

The mobile phone app, called ‘YP Services’, complements this service by providing young people with a resource at their fingertips electronically.  Young People can use the app to find out where to locate their nearest YPSH clinic and also gain access a wide variety of information and signpost them to services appropriate to their needs.

‘YP Services’ is available to download from the App Store through Apple or Google Play for free now.

Testing Week Scotland 11-17 September 2017 »

Test

  • Find the test that’s right for you
  • Gay and bisexual men having regular sex should get tested every 3 months
  • If you have ever injected drugs (including performance or image enhancing drugs) you may have been at risk of hepatitis C

Treat

  • Once you know about an infection, treatment means you can do something about it
  • Today in Scotland a person living with HIV can live a long, healthy life, hepatitis C can be cured, and effective treatments are also available for a whole range of STIs

Prevent

  • Staying on top of your sexual health means you can be confident about sex
  • Condoms and lube can protect you from the majority of sexually transmitted infections and PrEP is now available to people at greatest risk of HIV
  • If you are injecting drugs, it’s important to use a new set of equipment each time you inject

You can find out more from www.KnowYourRisk.scot

Wishaw Young Person’s Clinic »

As of Wednesday 7th October 2016 Wishaw Health Centre’s Young Person Clinic will now operate on a Wednesday instead of a Monday, the clinic will operate from 4pm until 6pm (drop-in until 5.30pm).

New HIV Self Testing Kits »

Self-test kits for HIV that give an instant result are legally on sale for the first time in Scotland.

The new kits are the first to provide an instant result, without the need to consult with a health worker or sending a sample to a lab, and have received the European safety and quality ‘CE’ mark.

They are available from www.hivselftest.co.uk and cost £29.99 plus postage and packaging.

The new kits do not replace free, fast and confidential testing services, which can provide instant support and treatment, as well as testing for other infections, should you need them http://www.lanarkshiresexualhealth.org/hiv-hepatitis/hivclinics/hiv-clinics/  

Click here for more information: http://www.lanarkshiresexualhealth.org/hiv-hepatitis/hiv-and-aids/the-hiv-test/

NEW LGBTI Helpline »

From Thursday 19th February, Rape Crisis Scotland will be offering a specialist support service on the national helpline for LGBTI survivors of sexual violence, and their friends and families.

For more information: http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/news/new-resource-and-helpline-service-for-lgbti-survivors/ 

Text Service for Hearing Impaired »

Making an Appointment:

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and would like to make an appointment to access sexual health services, via text:

-         Please text message on 07826 874190

-        You will then receive a text back confirming your request

-        A nurse will be in touch with you by text

-        To discuss which type of appointment you require

-        You will be asked if you require a BSL interpreter at the appointment.

 

At the Clinic:

-        Check in with reception staff (you can show text confirmation) 

-        They will advise the clinical staff that you have arrived and

-        You will be approached by a member of clinical staff and taken into the clinical room for your appointment.

Supporting Information:

There is a wealth of information around sexual health and relationships available on the Lanarkshire Sexual Health Website (www.lanarkshiresexualhealth.org).   There are also a number of agencies that can offer information and advice on a range of issues for you if you are deaf or hard of hearing to help you access healthcare services:

British Deaf Association: www.bda.org.uk

The National Deaf Children’s Society – www.ndcs.org.uk/mylifemyhealth information to help young people access healthcare services

Action on Hearing Loss – www.actiononhearingloss.co.uk – provide support for people with hearing loss

Postal Testing Kits for Chlamydia – temporary removal of service »

NHS Lanarkshire Sexual Health Service has taken the decision not to issue any more Postal Testing Kits for Chlamydia until further notice.  Should you wish to be tested for Chlamydia or any other sexually transmitted infection, we would ask that you click here where you can access all Sexual Health Services across Lanarkshire (please note there are some clinics across Lanarkshire which offer drop in services) or alternatively you can phone our Appointment Line on 0845 618 7191 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you.

Stress Control Classes in Lanarkshire »

Stress Control classes which help us develop skills and techniques to manage common issues caused by modern day living such as stress, anxiety or low confidence, which can affect well-being are available across Lanarkshire.

The classes are delivered in local community facilities and consist of 6 sessions lasting 90 minutes each.  Some of the issues covered during the sessions are:

  • Information about stress
  • how to control your body
  • how to control your thoughts
  • boosting your self confidence
  • controlling panic
  • controlling sleep problems

Classes are currently running across Lanarkshire and to find out your nearest class and book a free place call: 08458725132 or email: stresscontrol@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

 

Terrence Higgins Trust launches two new rapid HIV testing clinics in Lanarkshire »

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is to expland its network of rapid HIV testing clinics to include two locations in Lanarkshire.

The new sessions will run every Tuesday in Cumbernauld and every Thursday in East Kilbride. 

The Cumbernauld clinic will begin on Tuesday 28th January at Cumbernauld Health Centre, North Carbrain Road and will run from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. 

The East Kilbride clinic will start on Thursday 23rd January in the Murray Owen Centre, Liddell Grove from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

The rapid testing service, which is called ‘Fastest’, is free and confidential.  Testing is done using a finger prick blood test, with the results provided within one hour.  Those who attend the clinic will be given information and support before and after the test, and those who test positive will be quickly referred to a specialist clinic.  Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland staff will also provide free condoms, information and advice on safer sex.

Robert McKay, National Director for Terrence Higgins Trust in Scotland, said: “With advances in HIV testing and treatment, there are now far more reasons to know your HIV status than there are not to.  It used to be that you’d have to wait weeks for a result, but the modern tests we use will have you in and out in under an hour.  We’re delighted to be expanding our existing ‘Fastest’ service into Lanarkshire, and hope we can encourage more people to come forward for testing and reduce undiagnosed HIV locally.”

For more information on Terrence Higgins Trust’s ‘Fastest’ clinics in Lanarkshire, please call 0141 332 3838 or email info.scotland@tht.org.uk

NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

NHS Lanarkshire is responding to a rise in the number of cases of syphilis diagnosed by its Sexual Health Service.

Health staff are urging people who think they may be at risk to get tested for syphilis.

NHS Lanarkshire is working jointly with Health Protection Scotland, Terrence Higgins Trust, Waverley Care and North and South Lanarkshire Councils to address the issue.

They are raising awareness to prevent further infections occurring and to encourage anyone who may have become infected to see their GP or attend a sexual health service clinic in order to be assessed and tested.

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted by vaginal, anal and oral sex.

People with syphilis may develop a sore in the genital area or in their mouth. They may also develop a rash over their body, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. These symptoms may disappear without the person being aware of them.

If syphilis is not treated, it will progress and can cause serious damage to the heart, arteries and the nervous system.

Dr Anne McLellan, Lead Clinician for NHS Lanarkshire’s Sexual Health Service, said: “Although the overall number of cases of syphilis diagnosed by the Sexual Health Service in Lanarkshire remains fairly low, we are seeing a definite increase this year. We have particularly seen an increase in the number of young people aged under 25 who have been diagnosed with syphilis.

“Because of this increase, we are reinforcing the importance of getting tested and practising safer sex using a condom and, where appropriate, lubricant.”

During 2012, a total of 17 cases of syphilis were diagnosed by the NHS Lanarkshire Sexual Health Service. From 1 January to 24 June 2013, there have been 19 new cases.

Although the overall numbers of cases in Lanarkshire are typically lower than in some areas of Scotland, additional action is being taken due to the recent increase.

People can get tested by making an appointment with their GP or by attending a sexual health clinic.

Dr McLellan said: “Our advice is that if you have a new sexual partner both of you should have a sexual health check-up, including a blood test, to make sure you are not putting each other at risk of syphilis, or any other sexually transmitted infection.

“Anyone who thinks they have symptoms of syphilis, or are otherwise at risk of infection, should also be tested. Once diagnosed, treatment for syphilis is both effective and usually straightforward.”

New Lanarkshire quick check clinics have been launched to provide a fast and easy way to get tested for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections. These clinics are for people without symptoms and no appointment is necessary.

Quick Check Clinics will operate on:

Monday         4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.       Coatbridge Health Centre, ML5 3AP

Wednesday  7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.       Bellshill Community Clinic, Green Moss
                                                                Place, ML4 1PS

Thursday       5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.        Airdrie Health Centre, 88 Graham St,
                                                                  ML6 6DB

Alternatively, people can make a sexual health clinic appointment by calling 0845 6187191. The line is open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.45pm. This option is recommended for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of syphilis.

For more information about syphilis and details of local sexual health services, including how to access free condoms, visit www.lanarkshiresexualhealth.org .

Sexual health services for people who live in Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas are provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. For more information visit www.sandyford.org .

What is Syphilis?

  • Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (known as an STI) that affects both men and women. It can be passed on easily through sex, including oral sex.
  • Often, there are no symptoms, so you may not know you have it.
  • If you do have symptoms, they may include small red ulcers/sores that appear 10 days to 6 weeks after infection. You can also have a rash, most commonly on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet and can also be over your chest, back and abdomen, which may appear up to six months after the infection.

How do you test for Syphilis?

  • A blood test is required.
  • If you have an ulcer/sore, a swab will be taken.

Can syphilis be treated?

  • Yes. The treatment is with antibiotics. It is important you and your partner are treated and return for a follow-up visit to check the infection has gone.

How can it be prevented?

You can help prevent syphilis by practising safer sex. This includes:

  • Using a condom every time you have sex with new partners or until you have both been checked out for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Reducing the number of sexual partners you have.
  • Having regular sexual health check-ups at your local sexual health clinics where specially trained staff will see you. If diagnosed, treatment and follow up will help prevent the spread of infection.

Where can I go to get tested?

  • Contact 0800 0858531 for information on quick check clinics. These are for people who have no symptoms.
  • Contact 0845 618 7191 for access to your nearest sexual health clinic. Lines are open from 9.00am to 4.45pm, Monday to Friday. These clinics are for people who have symptoms or wish to speak to a specially trained member of staff.
  • Your GP can offer testing.

For further information on Syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections visit: www.lanarkshiresexualhealth.org

‘Always Hear’ – Scotland Wide HIV Awareness Campaign »

How does it feel to live with HIV in Scotland? The only way most of us can begin to understand is through listening to people who live with it every day.

Launched on World AIDS Day (Saturday 1st December) is ‘Always Hear’ Waverley Care’s new HIV awareness campaign. The campaign gives a voice to people living with HIV in Scotland using four films to capture the experiences of four people who are HIV positive. They are true stories, told by the people themselves.

Supporting the films are HIV information sheets covering HIV Basics, HIV Statistics, HIV Stigma and HIV Myths. More detailed resources are also available for schools and churches. The school and youth group resources are linked to Curriculum for Excellence and produced in association with Education Scotland.

‘Always Hear’ aims to get the truth and information out there about HIV in Scotland; to make everyone aware of HIV and put a stop to stigma and discrimination.

Visit www.HIValwayshear.org to view the films and download the resources.

Funded by The Scottish Government.

Fiz – At Home Centre »

Young Person’s Clinic
Tuesday 7pm – 9pm
(drop in until 8.00pm)
Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time.

 

Health Spot – Bellshill YMCA »

Young Person’s Clinic
Wednesday 6pm – 8pm
(drop-in until 7.30pm)
Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time.

 

Lanark Health Centre »

Young Person’s Clinic
Tuesday 5.45pm – 7.30pm
Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time.