Sexual Health Services score with Carlisle United

Sexual health nurses from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been educating Carlisle United’s youth team as part of a learning event - Playing Safely.

A lively group of 16-18 year old young men attended the session which included a fun competitive challenge between the groups based on sexual health knowledge and myths.

Fidelma Butler, Specialist Sexual Health Nurse and Hannah Irving, Clinical Support Worker from Carlisle Sexual Health Services were invited to Brunton Park to provide health education and advice  for the Carlisle United youth team.

Fidelma said “We explained about local sexual health services, drop in clinics, what was on offer, where to find them and what they can expect to happen in the clinics. We also explained the importance of screening, symptoms and treatments for Sexually Transmitted Infections, and invited all of the young men to take a simple Chlamydia test. They will get their results text to then within two weeks.

“This was a great opportunity to get to talk to the men and provide advice. Some of the youth team are local and others are living away from home for the first time. We hope that they will take on board our messages regarding safer sex and having met some of the staff from sexual health services today they won’t feel daunted or embarrassed about attending a local clinic”. There was a question and answer session and exhibits were on display with information on sexual health myths. It is the first time sexual services have been invited to attend the event.

Our mental health services have also been involved with Carlisle United, encouraging young men to become involved in football.

Pictured here are Hannah Irving and Fidelma Butler with the Carlisle United Youth Team in the Legends Lounge at Brunton Park.