Annual Sexual Health Conference Focuses On Women And Sexual Health

17/11/2010

At the 16th annual sexual health conference at Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn, Belfast Trust and the Public Health Agency encouraged women to take responsibility for their own sexual health.

At the 16th annual sexual health conference at Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn, Belfast Trust and the Public Health Agency encouraged women to take responsibility for their own sexual health.

The conference addressed issues relating to women and their sexual health and highlighted areas of work promoting sexual health including HIV and pregnancy, unintended teenage pregnancy, relationship and sexuality in schools and sexual health services available to women.

Joanna Gregg, Sexual Health Coordinator at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust says: “We would encourage all women, particularly young women to look after their sexual health. We are seeing an increasing rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) particularly with 16 - 24 years-old group. Practicing safe sex and protecting yourself is one way to prevent the rise of STIs. Women can be more in control of their own sexual health through early detection and early treatment, which therefore means better health outcomes for women.”

The conference brings together organisations from all sectors to learn from each other. A full conference report can be obtained from the Sexual Health Team by emailing: shealth.team@belfasttrust.hscni.net