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Sexual Health Awareness for HTP Learners


Nurse Linda talks sex at HTP


This week, HTP welcomed Linda Waterhouse, Outreach Sexual Health Nurse from St Mary’s Hospital in Newport to our Skills Centre in Newport.

The visit was arranged to provide learners with a great opportunity to find out more about sexual health, and in particular how to protect themselves. The session, which was attended by 18 learners, focused on different types of contraception, with examples of each available for the learners to handle and ask questions about.

The team explained Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and their effects. The learners asked some very relevant, sensible questions and were able to discuss any concerns with the nurse afterwards on a one-to-one basis. A number of learners took a chlamydia test – chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK.

The nurses were very impressed by our learners sexual health display and took photos, commenting that the learners had focused on some important subjects that are often missed, such as personal hygiene.

After the visit one of the learners, Kristie said, “The ladies were lovely to speak to. The session was interesting and it was good to learn about all the different contraception that are available.”

Nicky Carter, Training Consultant at HTP said, “Raising awareness about sexual health empowers learners to protect themselves from STI’s and unplanned pregnancies. It also gives them an opportunity to talk about any individual concerns which they may have been unable to discuss previously.”

“Having regular conversations about sexual health ensures that all learners know where to access support, information and contraception when they are ready. It breaks down barriers caused by embarrassment or lack of knowledge as it becomes the norm to talk about sexual health, with both young men and women. They can also get advice about sexuality, which can be a confusing subject for young people, and their rights regarding consensual sex.”

Simon Attrill 15.3.16

The learners’ sexual health display.

Learners wearing the pants they were given after they took a chlamydia test.