Cervical Cancer Prevention week 20th-26th January 2013

on Tuesday, 29 January 2013. Posted in Blog

Don't get caught out

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is a European wide initiative lead by European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA).

It is supported by many Cervical Cancer Prevention charities such as Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

Here at Southdowns Sexual Health Clinic we join these organisations in urging women to get tested. The NHS offer cervical smears and also have put in place a HPV Vaccination programme aimed at girls aged between 12 and 18.

At Southdowns Private Healthcare our fully qualified private GP's offer Cervical Smears by in comfortable and discrete consulting rooms in Emsworth.

We also offer HPV testing and vaccinations so you can get peace of mind for yourself and your family.

If you have missed your smear test, don't put it off, call us on 01243 388 712 and book an appointment with one of our private GP's.

HPV is a sexually transmitted virus which can go on to cause cervical cancer.

Our HPV vaccinations offer protection against the HPV virus. Find out more about HPV Vaccinations here or read more about the HPV virus here or call us on 01243 388 712 to find out more.

HIV on the increase

on Friday, 30 November 2012. Posted in Blog

According to a report by the BBC yesterday the Health Protection Agency (HPA) reported that the number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an "all-time high" in 2011. The total number of people living with HIV in the UK rose to 96,000, up from 91,500 the previous year.

This all-time high rate of diagnosed HIV in gay men is compounded by the numbers of gay men that are infected with HIV but who are unaware.

It is estimated that one in four men are unaware that they have been infected. It is a sad position to be in given the level of awareness of HIV, the testing that is available and the generally well-known protection that can be taken.

In 2010 the HPA reported that 1 in 20 Men who have sex with men (MSM) are HIV positive with as many as 1 in 11 in London.

 

Hep C the silent killer

on Thursday, 22 November 2012. Posted in Blog

It is estimated that 250,000 people in the UK have been infected with Hepititis C, but 8/10 are unaware that they have been infected.

Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect and damage the liver. Left untreated it can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and death.

In most cases, hepatitis C causes no noticeable symptoms until the liver has been significantly damaged.

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