As part of Coleg Llandrillo's annual 'Safeguarding Week' initiative, the college invited a team of health professionals from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's SEXtember campaign to its Rhos-on-Sea campus, who informed students on all matters relating to sexual health awareness.
Scores of students attended workshops and seminars, where they could glean information from experts in the field on all things concerning sexual health.
During September each year, the board's sexual health team promotes its sexual health campaign - SEXtember. It highlights the importance of good sexual health and promotes talking about sexual health matters openly. The 2018 campaign concentrated on sex, drugs and alcohol.
At most times, people find it difficult to talk about sexual health issues. The SEXtember campaign works to encourage young people to discuss sexual health matters openly and without embarrassment in the month of September (and all year round).
Dr Ushan Andrady, consultant in genitourinary medicine/HIV, who is based at Ysbyty Gwynedd, leads the campaign. He said:
Thank you for the invitation to speak to your students at Coleg Llandrillo about our SEXtember campaign. I hope that the students enjoyed my presentation and it made them think twice about taking risks when they're on a night out.
It's difficult for some people to talk openly about sexual health without being embarrassed, therefore it's really important that we try and make it easy for people to talk freely about any issues or concerns they may have around their sexual health. That is why we promote this campaign every year.
Kate Farmer, the college's programme leader for Health and Social Care (Level 2), said:
The SEXtember campaign is extremely important for our students, as it covers a wide range of significant sexual health topics: from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to get tested, to drugs and alcohol, and the impact that they have on the ability to make informed decisions.
One of Kate's students, Catrin Fletcher from Abergele, added:
The presentation was very well organised, was easy to follow and had a nice structure. It contained relevant information and was laid out in a way that was accessible to all.
For more information and details on your nearest sexual health clinic visit: www.bcu.wales.nhs.uk or www.sextember.org
For more information on courses at Coleg Llandrillo, call the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.