SEXtember is Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's annual sexual health campaign, which promotes awareness around sexual health matters during the month of September.
HIV can affect anyone, including you. Let’s get testing.
Anyone could get HIV from a sexual partner with the HIV virus. Regular testing can help to protect you and your partner.
Getting tested is free, easy and confidential. You can order a test at home kit, or visit one of our sexual health clinics or contact your GP surgery.
HIV is treatable, and can be safely managed with medication. Many people go on to live long and healthy lives with effective treatment, without passing the virus on.
Testing regularly helps us prevent the spread of HIV and catch new cases early. Higher rates of HIV testing will help us to achieve the Welsh Government and World Health Organisation target of zero new HIV infections by 2030.
People who are diagnosed late have an increased risk of ill health, complications and a greater chance of passing on the virus to others. Most often, the people who are diagnosed late are older heterosexual men and women.
Further information about contraception, pregnancy, STIs and sex is available from Sexwise.
Learn more about the Tackle HIV public awareness and education initative, led by Gareth Thomas with ViiV Healthcare and Terrence Higgins Trust.
Your local sexual health clinic, GP or Sexual Assault Referral Centre can provide detailed 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