Cumbria and Lancashire Health Networks in Awards Success

Publish Date: 11/11/2008

Girl KissThe Cumbria and Lancashire Public Health Network, which co-ordinates public health improvement and development across six primary care trusts, and its Sexual Health Network have been named runner up in the national NHS communications awards.

The Networks' recognition in the "best use of new media" category was for their successful Best2Know Chlamydia screening campaign which ran earlier this year.

Its aim was to increase uptake of chlamydia screening of sexually active men and women under 25 years of age, to improve general sexual health awareness and reduce the prevalence and effects of chlamydial infection in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Gill Sadler, Network director, said: 'The somewhat 'risque' content of the website proved ideal in engaging young people and getting them to take the health risks seriously. I am delighted that we have been recognised for its achievements.' Chlamydia Postcard

The LGF and partners are currently running their own campaign to raise awareness of Chlamydia and the risks it possesses for lesbian and bisexual women. The "Is Chlamydia Your Next Date" poster and leaflet campaign is specifically aimed at LB women regarding the importance of getting tested for chlamydia.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection, with an estimated 1 in 10 people carrying the infection, often without realising it. Symptoms in women can often be missed, and 70% of women don't show any symptoms at all.

Chalmydia can easily be transmitted from woman to woman by the use of sex toys, oral sex, and close sexual contact. Therefore, if you feel you have put yourself at risk, the best thing to do is get tested. If left untreated Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

For more information on chlamydia click here.