Free condoms and sexual health testing offered at Stoke-on-Trent Pride

Free condoms, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual health advice and information about local support for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people will be available at this year’s Stoke-on-Trent Pride event.

The event takes place from 1pm on Saturday 24th June at Hanley Park and the Sexual Health Team from Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust are attending the annual LGBT event, offering a wide range of sexual health and LGBT focused services.

Andrew Horton, HIV Prevention Lead for the Partnership Trust said: “Once again we are excited as a service to bring sexual health testing to Stoke-on-Trent Pride 2017. Each year we have a phenomenal response to our service and this year we hope to build on that. If you want a full test, access to free condoms or just some advice then come to our health zone and say hi. We’re looking forward to seeing you all!”

In addition to sexual health services, the Partnership Trust’s pitch will include a safe space for young LGBT people to talk about their sexuality and gender identity and interact with other LGBT teenagers. The area will be supervised by staff members from the Partnership Trust’s Stoke-on-Trent based LGBT youth group, Galaxy.

Zoe Holdcroft, who manages Galaxy, said: “Galaxy will be at Pride this year offering a supportive safe space for all LGBT young people aged 18 and under. We will be taking part in a ‘design your own shoelace’ activity, where we will be designing our own LGBT flags on shoelaces and adding positive words and showcasing them at pride this year. If you want to get involved, head over to the sexual health area at Pride - all young people welcome.”

We hope to see you there!

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