Whilst we all know that the 14th of February is the most romantic day of the year it is also national Think About Sex Day.
Scotland’s largest health board is therefore encouraging anyone who is sexually active or who is thinking about becoming sexual active to ensure they know about all the physical and psychological support that is on offer to ensure good sexual health and wellbeing.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Sandyford Initiative, with a main base in Glasgow City Centre and satellite clinics thought the area, offers the full range of sexual, reproductive and emotional health services for women, men and young people as well as counselling, information and other specialist services.
All services are free of charge and are available without the need to be referred by your doctor or another practitioner.
Dr Pauline McGough, Sandyford Clinical Director, said: “Good sexual health and wellbeing is incredibly important both physically and emotionally. There are a broad range of services offered throughout the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to help us ensure that our residents have all the support they need to achieve and maintain good sexual health.
“Sandyford services across Glasgow and Clyde offer confidential advice, diagnosis and treatment for all sexual and reproductive health issues. We also offer access to counselling for men and women which can be weekly 50 minute sessions with a trained counsellor, or group work, or a one off listening ear support session.”
NHSGGC also offers a free and very easy way for residents to get free condoms. You don't need to carry a card or give any personal details and there are more than 200 places where you can pick up condoms throughout the area.
As Dr McGough explains simplicity is the driving factor behind Free Condom service. “There is no need for people to carry a membership card and there are no restrictions on how many times the free Condom service can be accessed.
“If someone wants condoms they just need to ask at their local participating venue or hand over one of our ‘choice cards’.
“These are little cards that you can use to select the type of condoms you want and hand to the distributor.
“The cards provide a discreet way of making your selection which can be useful of you are in a busy pharmacy or health centre.”
Condoms help prevent the transmission of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and reduce unintended pregnancy rates.
Condoms can be collected within the NHSGGC area, including some pharmacies, health centres, colleges and universities.
You can check online to find out where your nearest pick-up-point is on the Free Condoms website or visit www.sandyford.org for all you need to know about the services offered at Sandyford.
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