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Local businesses and organisations throw their weight behind new sexual health service
27 November 2015

More than 30 major local businesses and organisations have thrown their weight behind a new local sexual health service, helping raise awareness among thousands of their customers.

The landmark campaign known as ‘gosh’ - an acronym for ‘go sexual health’ – gives way for a high energy, dynamic campaign to ensure awareness of good sexual health is widely promoted as well as supporting the various services that are available for everyone in and around the areas.

As part of the roll-out, key locally-based businesses, educational organisations, sports clubs and associations in the Cheshire West and Chester area have got on board to help directly raise awareness of ‘gosh’ - a ground-breaking initiative for the campaign.

Information and confidential advice on all areas of sexual health is made available to the public, on topics such as contraception, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and birth control.

Local residents are invited to attend the service and people of all ages are welcome. gosh offers testing and treatment facilities for sexually transmitted infections including HIV, Hepatitis B and C.

The dedicated service also offers a free condom distribution service, plus methods of reversible contraception including implants and IUDs (coils) and emergency contraception.

Influential businesses in the areas such as bars and nightclubs, gyms, beauty salons and sports clubs, are helping promote the service and feedback has been well received with well-known brands pledging their support.

Users are able to visit satellite clinics operating in new locations with longer opening hours, as well the new state-of-the-art Fountains health centre, situated in Chester city centre on Delamere Street.

Due its central position, the Fountains health centre offers easy access and provides a dedicated and modern environment for users.

Direct services are in place targeting young people in school, college and at university, ensuring the younger generation are well informed about sexual health and the importance of safe sex.

Jessica Jeffreys, Brio Leisure Community Development Manager, commented:  “We are delighted to have rolled out the ‘go sexual health’ campaign at the Brio Leisure sites across Chester and Cheshire West to promote good sexual health to our customers.”

gosh is working alongside local charity Body Positive, which will ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities are aware of the service.

John Hunter, Medical Director at East Cheshire NHS Trust which is delivering the service, commented:  “The ‘gosh’ campaign is already benefitting those in the Chester area due to the user engagement approach we are taking. A vital part is building relationships with prominent local businesses that are willing to offer their support and spread the important message of good sexual health to their customers.

“Overall, we would like everyone in and around Chester to have good sexual health and practice safe sex, and with the ‘gosh’ campaign we hope to achieve this.”

In addition, a ‘gosh’ website has also been launched in support of the campaign where people can easily access information on sexually transmitted infections, contraception and pregnancy. The site incorporates detailed information on all subjects as well as listings of the nearest sexual clinics.

East Cheshire NHS Trust runs far reaching community services across a wide area of Cheshire along with hospitals in Macclesfield, Knutsford and Congleton.

For more information on the ‘gosh’ campaign, sexual health and clinics in the area, please visit www.gosexualhealth.co.uk