Monday, February 26, 2024

South Essex College students support HIV Testing Week

STUDENTS from South Essex College of Further and Higher Education were joined by North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and Thurrock Council representatives to learn about national HIV Testing Week.

The College welcomes NELFT into its Thurrock Campus every Wednesday to promote awareness of sexual health issues, and the team took the opportunity to promote the national event during the session last week.

The team handed out leaflets and other goodies including wristbands and key rings to raise awareness during the HIV focussed event.

Throughout the year, the team provides free chlamydia testing and advice on general sexual health.

Principal of South Essex College Angela O’Donoghue said it was important to raise awareness about sexual health.

She said: “We are delighted that NELFT come in every week to Thurrock Campus to speak to students.

“Sexual health can often be a difficult subject to discuss, but the team manages to get the message across to students in an effective way and remove the stigma which some people associate with such a topic.

“The more awareness we can raise around this important issue the better.”


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