Tackling STIs in Hackney
As part of the research that Hackney Youth Parliament undertook for their first campaign, they came across this shocking statistic…
Almost 1 in 20 young people aged 15 – 24 in Hackney have tested positive for chlamydia. It’s particularly shocking when prevention is so easy, and treatment is widely available.
Members of the Youth Parliament have launched their campaign film, Infected Connection, a short drama which looks at the consequences of a decision made in the heat of the moment.
Prevention and treatment
The best way of avoiding getting a sexually transmitted infection is to use a condom. But if you’re worried you might have picked something up, get tested, and get it treated.
If you’re worried about your health, you can attend a drop-in session at the CHYPS+ centre in Homerton, or ask Young Hackney hubs about drop-in health sessions at the hubs. If you’re aged 24 or under you can also receive free condoms as part of the Come Correct C-card scheme. If you’re over 16 you can register straight away online, otherwise you need to register in person – ask a Young Hackney member of staff how to do this.