Sexual Health Advice & Guidance
Your sexual health needs and wellbeing are important. Looking after your sexual health can have a positive impact on your mental and overall physical health and because people under 25 are one of the groups at increased risk of being infected with an STI, we return each year with our S.H.A.G. campaign.
What is SHAG week? SHAG stands for Sexual Health, Awareness and Guidance. It’s useful bits of information intended to help you keep sexually healthy. That can be anything from contraception, to pregnancy information. The annual SHAG week campaigns around a specific part of sexual health. This year’s theme was about tackling the stigma surrounding HIV+. The first step in this was launching the HIV+ Fast Track testing clinic on Wednesday 20th November in the hopes that this will begin the process of normalizing the test.
The test, although carried out on NUSU premises is confidential between you, MESMAC & SHINE. They also offer further support depending on the test result and can help you access other services if required.
Sexual Health in Lockdown
Shine and MESMAC are still operating. So, the HIV and DIY STI kit offer is still available by post. Also, Shine is able to drop off to any women in the city condoms, lube, and sanitary products. They are also offering one to support and advise, just by phone or online. You can visit their websites here: MESMAC & Shine. You can find the full list of services still operating in Newcastle here.