DEC 00] COVENTRY HEALTH AUHTORITY NEWS
Sex And Booze
Christmas Hazard Warning
Christmas parties can lead to caution being thrown to the wind with
an increase in unprotected sex and a big risk of unwanted pregnancy,
health workers are warning.
campaign is being launched to publicise emergency contraception that
is available throughout the festive season in Coventry.
is following last year’s campaign around the city to make people
aware of where they could get emergency contraception.
year the effort is being extended to medical and educational bases
in the city after it was discovered that people looking for help
went there for information first.
of those who got emergency contraception last year did so after
reading one of the posters.
Jones, Sexual Health Worker at Coventry City Council, said:
is a link between alcohol and unprotected sex, some people throw
caution to the wind when they have been drinking.
pregnancy can occur when a usual method of contraception fails.
The poster aims to ensure that people know that emergency
contraception pills can prevent a potential pregnancy if taken
within 72 hours of having unprotected sex, or alternatively a coil
can be fitted up to five days after.
information displayed on where and when people can access
emergency contraception is key to ensuring that people get it in
campaign is also part of a wider strategy to reduce the number of
teenage pregnancies as Coventry is above the national average.
Sewell, Health Promotion Specialist at Coventry Health Authority
has a teenage pregnancy rate of 10.2 per 1,000 – higher than the
national average rate of 8.8 per cent per 1,000.
contraception poster campaigns like this one are one aspect of a
multi-agency approach to reducing this figure in Coventry.
is also being undertaken to improve sex education and sexual
health services for young people, as well as extensive initiatives
to re-engage at-risk young people and support them back into
education, training or employment.”
and advice are available at the Women’s Health and Information
Centre and the British Pregnancy and Advice Services. Call 0845 730