Sexual Health Services welcome students to Liverpool

Sexual Health Services welcome students to Liverpool

New students flocking to Liverpool from all over the UK this month (September) will be advised how to stay safe in the city – including valuable information about safer sex, substance abuse and sensible drinking.

Teams from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust will be on hand at university campuses during the next few weeks to highlight the Sexual Health services and Walk-In centres that are available across the city.

Every September the services see an increase in the number of students attending Mersey Care’s Sexual Health clinics with concerns about sexually transmitted infections, looking for contraceptive advice or with concerns about the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy.

“Dr Liz Stephens, Clinical Director for Sexual Health services at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We want students to know how to stay safe and enjoy their time at university or college, especially those who have moved away from home for the first time.

“Also, we want all students and young people across the city to know that they are not alone. There is lots of support and advice available through our local NHS services should they ever need it.”

During Fresher’s, students will be encouraged to get to know their local Sexual Health Services including:

  • Abacus Sexual Health Service – offers drop-in and appointment sexual health services including: sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment; abortion support and advice; contraception and pregnancy testing and psychosexual counselling
  • Armistead Service – a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) services, based on Hanover Street and provides sexual health support advice and free condoms. A rapid HIV testing drop in session is held at Armistead every Wednesday between 2-3.30pm. The Armistead outreach teams also support sex workers
  • Love is Infectious - a chlamydia screening outreach service for people aged 16-24 and an online request service for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea postal kits for home sampling
  • Walk-In Centres – provides consultations, advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses such as infections and rashes, stomach upsets, superficial cuts and bruises.

Staff from these services will be at local colleges and universities to provide information and tips on how students can protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections, offering chlamydia screening at the events and how to access treatment for minor injuries and ailments.

Staff will be hosting information stands at the following locations leading up to and during Fresher’s Week.

  • Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) – Wednesday 19 September from 12noon to 6pm  
  • Liverpool John Moores University – Echo Arena – Wednesday 26 September 8.30am to 4pm
  • Liverpool Hope University – Thursday 27 September 9am to 3pm
  • University of Liverpool – Monday and Tuesday, 17 and 18 September – 9am to 4.30pm.

For more information about Mersey Care’s sexual health services visit https://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/physical-health-services/abacus/

You can also book an appointment by calling 0151 247 6555.