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Sexual health services line up for Olympics

27 July 2012

Health Care

Thousands of extra condoms are being delivered to sexual health services in south east Essex ahead of what is expected to be a 'summer of lovin'.'

An influx of visitors to the area's mountain biking event, coupled with the relaxed feel-good atmosphere, is expected to trigger a surge in sexual athletics locally.

Alison Keefe, sexual health clinic manager at Southend University Hospital, said: "Sexually-transmitted infections are already on the increase and we are expecting that sports fans will be indulging in some extra energetic activity themselves over the coming weeks.

"Without wanting to be killjoys, we would just like to remind everyone they have a responsibility for both their own sexual health and their partner's.

"Condoms are freely available from the Kingsley-Ward Centre in Southchurch Road, Southend as well as the sexual health clinic in the hospital. We are receiving extra supplies in readiness for the excitement. "

Karen Payne, head of contraception and sexual health for South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), added: "The sexual health services traditionally see an increase in the number of patients attending them after holidaymakers return to reality from their relaxing weeks in the sun, and the Olympics are expected to have a similar effect."

Those just wanting peace of mind can attend the hospital's walk-in clinic for a quick check between 9am to 11am Monday to Friday. Those with symptoms can come along for a full sexual health screening by calling 01702 385120/1 for an appointment.

Alternatively, the Kingsley-Ward Centre also provides quick checks - telephone 01702 577110 for more information or visit www.thekwc.nhs.uk