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New sexual health text messaging service for young people launched

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A NEW text messaging service has launched to provide confidential sexual health support to young people in Dorset.

Young people aged 13 to 19 in Dorset can now access support through ‘Let’s Chat Sexual Health’ – a new confidential text messaging service from Dorset Sexual Health, part of Dorset HealthCare.

The services offer advice and information on topics such as emergency contraception, unplanned pregnancies, contraception, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).

It can also be used to answer questions about general sexual health issues, the location of clinics in the county and the wide range of support available through Dorset Sexual Health.

Joanne Goodman, Chief Clinical Nurse for Dorset Sexual Health, said: “It is great news that we can now offer this additional service to young people across the county. We want to encourage those who need help to text us so that we can help them and provide them with the right advice in an easy and accessible way.

To speak to a sexual health adviser, people are asked to text 07312 263101.

Let’s Chat Sexual Health is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding weekends and holidays), with a sexual health counselor responding to messages within one business day. If an SMS is sent outside these hours, service users will receive an automated message with advice on where to get help if they need it urgently.

Let’s Chat Sexual Health is not an emergency service. For urgent medical attention, contact your GP or NHS 111, or call 999.