Sexual health service launch

A new sexual health service, support and advice service has been launched by the county council.

It was awarded the £3 million contract by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and replaces a complex system where services were offered by nine different organisations.

They will work with voluntary sector organisations and local GPs to deliver the service,

The new service, operational from July 1, will be available free to all who require it, and includes provision of contraception; STI testing and treatment services; community outreach services; and support services for people with HIV and their carers.

Cllr Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Public Health and Prevention, said: “Last year we undertook a consultation exercise about the sexual heath requirements of our residents, which provided the information we needed to retender our existing contracts to meet local demands. The new integrated service will be simpler for people to use and we believe that it will provide them with the very best help and advice available”.