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Wednesday, 10th April, 2019

Headspace’s Marnie Fairholm with Far West Health’s Jo Lenton getting ready for their “Pee for $50” campaign. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Headspace’s Marnie Fairholm with Far West Health’s Jo Lenton getting ready for their “Pee for $50” campaign. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

Headspace Broken Hill and the Clinic 9 BH Sexual Health Clinic have joined forces to promote a “Pee for $50” competition as part of NSW Youth Week.

It is a way of encouraging youngsters to get tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections. 

Jo Lenton, Sexual Health Clinical Nurse Consultant with Far West LHD, said discussing it can be awkward but it’s important.

“Let’s face it, talking about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) isn’t always comfortable, whether you’re talking to friends, a stranger or even your doctor. 

“But no matter how hard we pretend they don’t exist, they have a nasty habit of springing up on us if we’re not careful.”

Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection that is easily passed on through unprotected sex or a broken condom. 

Chlamydia rates are increasing in people between the ages of 15 and 29 years and it affects both sexes. 

In the majority of cases it has no symptoms and if left untreated, can lead to infertility. 

“You usually can’t tell that you have a STI and sexual health is an essential but sometimes overlooked part of being a healthy young person,” Ms Lenton said.

“Chlamydia is easy to test and easy to treat and we hope that youth will take advantage during Youth Week to get tested,” she said. “Chlamydia can be tested with a simple urine test.”

The “Pee for $50” campaign is designed to introduce youths to the process of getting an STI check, while remaining anonymous, and to break down some of the barriers of getting tested, such as shame, fear or embarrassment. 

Everyone having a test goes into a draw to win one of four $50 gift cards. 

To take part, just go to Headspace Broken Hill in Blende Street during Youth Week from 9am to 5pm to get tested. 

For more information contact or visit Headspace or phone (02) 9393 9699 or email headspace.brokenhill@flourishaustralia.org.au 

You may also call Clinic 9 at the Broken Hill Community Health Centre on 8080 1100 and ask for one of the nurses or visit the Play Safe www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au .

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