Young Peoples Health
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Wellbeing Signposting Guide for Young People.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in the UK. You or your partner can have Chlamydia and not have any symptoms, so it is very important that you have a test.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacteria. Chlamydia can affect both men and women. 70% of women infected with Chlamydia don’t know it. 50% of men infected with Chlamydia don’t know it. Most people won’t have any obvious signs or symptoms or only get mild symptoms which they don’t notice. Most people won’t know they have the infection. If left untreated, Chlamydia may cause longer term health problems including infertility (not being able to have a baby), and pain, especially in the abdomen.
How is Chlamydia treated?
The most common treatment for Chlamydia is a course of antibiotics. The Elms actively encourages under 25s to be screened for Chlamydia and offers FREE confidential Chlamydia testing for 16-24 year olds. Testing kits and information can also be found in the patients toilets.
For further information please visit www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk.
At the Elms we offer family planning advice including pills, coils, diaphragms, emergency contraception and referral for contraception. All our nurses are able to deal with emergency contraception and pill checks. Two of our nurses (Ruth and Paula) are specially trained to deal with all aspects of family planning. They are also happy to discuss contraception choices. Coil fits and the contraception implant Implanon are available through an appointment with our GPs at The Elms. Dr Bethan Rees is our gynaecology specialist at the Practice.
Family Planning and Sexual Health Clinic
Clinics are run at The Waverley Sexual Health Clinic at The St Albans City Hospital - this is a drop in service (no appointment needed) on Mondays to Friday 9.15am – 11.30am. If you need to go at a different time then phone for an appointment on Tel: 01727 897332.
YC Hertfordshire Sexual Health Text Service
A new text service has been introduced for young people specifically around sexual health. The text service was developed with young people in response to the changes in delivery by Sexual Health Hertfordshire to ensure that young people could still get local, relevant and timely access to sexual health services.
Young people are able to text the Sexual Health Service on 07860 057369 to ask questions or for advice, and they will be able to answer these or support you in getting access to the most appropriate service; this could be specialist support through Sexual Health Hertfordshire, a visit to your GP or something that the service can provide through their Access Points. You should get a response within 3 hours (during office hours) or the next working day from a trained youth worker, outside of these times you will be signposted via the sexual health services map so there is something in place if the issue is an emergency or time limited such as accessing emergency contraception. There are also keywords you can text such as TEST, CONDOMS and PREGNANT to get an automated response on where to access these services.
Other sources of help
Guide to available help for teens in need of support
Patient UK - trusted medical information and support on all teenage health issues.
FPA - a sexual health charity giving straightforward information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.
Eat well - NHS Choices website about teenage food and diet.
Talk to Frank – The A-Z of drugs and how to kick the habit
The Site - Online guide specifically designed for 16 – 25 year olds. Non judgmental support and information.
Youth Talk - A free and confidential Counselling Service based in St Albans.
Q & A Teenage Health – 100’s of health issues experienced by teenagers answered by doctors.
Marie Stopes - UK provider of sexual and reproductive health care.