SEXtember is Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's annual sexual health campaign, which promotes awareness around sexual health matters during the month of September.
Your sexual health shouldn't be a lottery!
Have you and your partner consented?
You should only have sex if you and your partner are able to give consent. Sexual health, sex education and relationships charity Brook offers a useful guide to consent.
Have you got condoms with you?
Condoms are available from a wide range of shops, including pharmacies and supermarkets. Free condoms are available from Frisky Wales or through the C-Card scheme in Wales.
Have you had a sexual health check-up recently?
Protect yourself and your partner from STIs. Get a free, discreet check-up via Frisky Wales' easy-to-use Test & Post service, or by visiting your local sexual health clinic.
Do you need emergency contraception or HIV PEP?
If you've had unprotected sex, or think your contraception might have failed, you can use emergency contraception. Emergency contraception is available from most local pharmacies, your GP, nearest sexual health clinic or hospital emergency department.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) reduces the risk of acquiring HIV for people who may have been exposed to HIV, including through unprotected sex, sexual assault or needle sharing. If you think you need HIV PEP, contact your nearest sexual health clinic or visit ED.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) helps people reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV as a result of their sexual behaviour, or other exposure to the HIV virus. PrEP involves taking drugs normally used to treat HIV, and is free for Welsh residents who meet certain criteria. Contact your local sexual health clinic to discuss starting PrEP or for more help and advice.
The aims of the SEXtember campaign are to:
Our campaign is designed to raise awareness of sexual health services in North Wales. If you live elsewhere in Wales, you can find information about services close to you at NHS 111 Wales.
If you would like further information about the SEXtember campaign, contact Dr Ushan Andrady, Campaign Lead, Consultant in Sexual Health/HIV on BCU.SextemberCampaign@wales.nhs.uk