Bucks to launch sexual health service

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A new service providing sexual health advice and treatment across the county is coming soon.

Buckinghamshire Sexual Health and Wellbeing (bSHaW), which launches in April 2016, will help people with both contraception and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

It will be provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust sexual health charity; working together to offer all Buckinghamshire residents easy access to free and confidential local sexual health services.

As with current sexual health services, the bSHaW service will be completely confidential, with friendly and sensitive staff who understand that people using it may be anxious or nervous. To use the service, people can either make an appointment or attend a walk-in-and-wait clinic.

Martin Phillips, the council’s cabinet member for community engagement and public health, who awarded the bSHaW contracts after a tendering process last year, said: “Both Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust have worked with us previously in providing sexual health services. They will continue to provide these services but, by working even more closely together, will be able to give people a more seamless experience with an easier, single point of access for all their sexual health needs.”

Information on this and all other sexual health services in Bucks can be found at www.sexualhealthbucks.nhs.uk