Top marks for sexual health

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Experts are hitting the road this September to promote a scheme that aims to keep youngsters safe and well advised when it comes to sex.

The C-Card is a Derbyshire initiative which provides confidential access to sexual health advice, testing and contraceptives to youngsters.

Under the scheme, young people can use their credit-card style C-Card at one of 55 registered sites across Derbyshire.

Tracey Palmer, Young People’s Services Co-ordinator for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “The scheme aims not only to make condoms more acceptable and accessible, but also to overcome the barriers that prevent young people from accessing sexual health services.“Workers are trained to be approachable, friendly, non-judgemental and confidential with all young people who want to talk about sex, and what services are available to them.”

Since the scheme was launched in September 2011, 2,3724 C-Cards have been issued and over 27,000 condoms have been distributed across Derbyshire.

Youngsters across the Derbyshire Dales will be able to access the services at four sites.

On Tuesday and Thursday there will be drop-in services at Matlock Children’s Centre between 3.30pm and 5pm and on Friday, Highfields Upper School will be offering the services between 10.40am and 1.40pm.

On Friday’s there will also be a ‘Youth Van’ in Hall Leys Park between 7pm and 9pm and a drop in centre at Wirksworth Memorial Hall between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

For more information on the C-Card Campaign visit www.dchs.nhs.uk/sexualhealth.