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Sexual health campaign to focus on home sampling kits

PUBLISHED: 14:53 24 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 May 2016

Cllr Peter Craske said the kits will save money for the NHS

Cllr Peter Craske said the kits will save money for the NHS

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The easy-to-use kits are a convenient alternative to a sexual health clinic

A new sexual health campaign is being launched this summer to encourage residents in the borough to use innovative home sampling kits.

The easy-to use kits can be ordered by anyone over the age of 18 to test for sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.

Information about the Bexley Sexual Health website, which was launched in 2015, will begin appearing across the borough to coincide with the campaign.

A video on the website provides information about how to get the samples needed, with further support available via a helpline.

Results are usually available within five working days and are sent by text, providing a convenient alternative to a sexual health clinic.

Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “We hope that by providing reliable testing via the online service we can increase access to sexual health screening for people who find it difficult to attend their GP or sexual health clinics.

“The new home sampling service is not only easy to use, quick and convenient for residents, but using this method of testing saves public money.

“Each test taken online is a fraction of the cost of those taken in person at a clinic.

“The money we save by running the online service will allow us and the NHS to improve other sexual and public health services within the borough.”

Commuter information sessions on the topic will be held at Sidcup Station on June 13, while volunteers will visit local bars and nightclubs from June 24 until mid-July.

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