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SHAG Week 2019

About the 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. Here you’ll find videos and tips from current students and staff members.

This year’s campaign will be launching the HIV+ Fast Track testing clinic on Wednesday 20th November. To find out how the test works and how to book an appointment click here.

The annual Clubs and Societies testing competition also returns. Head to Luther’s bar anytime between Monday 18th – Thursday 21st November, 11-3 to get tested for STIs and be in with a chance to win up to £150 for your society.

There is also an annual SHAG week (18th November to 22nd November) that will campaign around a specific part of sexual health. This year’s theme is all about tackling the stigma surrounding HIV+ and we will be launching the HIV+ Fast Track testing clinic on Wednesday 20th November. To find out how the test works and how to book an appointment click here. (this will link to the testing page) The annual Clubs and Societies testing competition returns. Head to Luther’s bar anytime between Monday 18th – Thursday 21st November, 11-3 to get tested for STIs and be in with a chance to win up to £150 for your society.

Book an appointment

You can book an appointment in the Students' Union by

clicking this link.

You can also call MESMAC/Shine on 0191 233 1333 for alternative appointent times and locations. You can visit thier websites here: MESMAC & Shine.

Testing for HIV is free, fast, confidential and simple – you can now even do it at the Students’ Union.

Testing is good for YOU

The sooner you get tested, the better it is for your health. If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your health and shorten your life. It’s a good idea to test at least once a year (or more if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner).

Testing is good for ALL OF US

Most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t know they have it – the only way to be sure is to get tested.

Get tested

Do your bit to stop HIV in the UK by getting tested. Find out:

Up to a quarter of students may catch an STI during their time at university, and many of these - such as chlamydia - commonly show no symptoms. Left untreated, STIs can severely impact your health and even cause fertility problems in later life.

It doesn't matter what your gender or sexual orientation is. STIs are transferred through physical contact and bodily fluids, meaning that as long as you're sexually active, you can catch and transmit an STI. You can find out more about the different types of STIs and how they are transmitted at the NHS website: here.

If you’ve recently had sex and notice something feels off -- such as discomfort, irritation or sores -- it’s essential you talk to a doctor or nurse as soon as possible. But since many STIs show no symptoms, you can’t ever be 100% sure you’re not infected just by how you look or feel. That’s why it’s essential to always use protection and get regularly tested at your local sexual health clinic.

Getting tested might sound intimidating, but don’t worry! The most common STIs can be easily cured or managed with antibiotics and treatment. The longer you put it off, however, the more you risk your health and the health of your partners.

 

 

The best way to avoid catching or passing on an infection is to use protection every time you have sex -- that includes all kinds of sexual activity, including oral and skin-to-skin contact. While other contraceptives such as the implant or the pill are great for preventing unwanted pregnancy, they don’t help you to avoid catching an STI. Using condoms, femidoms or dental dams during all kinds of sex makes a huge difference in reducing your risk of infection.

Currently, 89% of students admit they don’t usually use a condom during casual sex, meaning a high likelihood of catching STIs such as herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and even HIV.

Getting access to protection doesn’t need to be costly or time-consuming. If you’re under 25, you’re entitled to a C-Card, meaning that you can get free condoms and useful information any time from your local sexual health clinic. Find out more about how to get a C-Card here.

Protection not only helps to keep you and your partners safe, it can even make sex better! Keep an eye out for our SHAG stalls on campus for lots of exciting freebies.

Your nearest Sexual Health clinic is the New Croft Centre, just a ten minute walk from NUSU. Open Monday to Friday 9AM-7PM, the New Croft Centre provides a wide range of sexual health services such as:

  • Contraception
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs or STDs)
  • Information on pregnancy services and support with pregnancy termination
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Booked appointments

NHS Sexual Health Clinics are confidential and do not tell your GP about your visit if you don't want them to. So long as they can contact you, you don't even have to use your real name. If you're taking tests, you can choose to receive your results over text, by a phone call, or in a discrete, unmarked letter.

Find out more about the New Croft Centre and more NHS services here.

 

 

Mesmac
MESMAC Newcastle works with gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men to increase the range of choices open to them.
MESMAC was established in 1990 to focus mainly on sexual health. However because they do this by using a “community development” approach, it means that they are able to offer more general support and advice about almost anything you might want to talk about or want help with. http://mesmacnewcastle.com/ 

Shine
Shine (Sexual Health In Newcastle) is a community women’s health project based in Newcastle Upon Tyne offering support and services for women 16 and http://.http://www.shinewomen.co.uk/

Sexpression Newcastle (Student Society)
Sexpression delivers regular peer-led teaching sessions that focus on sexual education, health and guidance in primary, secondary and sixth form colleges. Our main aim is to empower young people to make informed choices about their sexual health and http://tionships.https://www.nusu.co.uk/getinvolved/societies/society/13395/