Herts Aid is attending Freshers’ Fairs across the county this September offering free condoms, sexual health advice and chlamydia tests to students.
The team will be attending colleges in St Albans, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Kings Langley, Watford, Broxbourne and Ware.
Herts Aid will have a stand at each fair raising awareness of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and encouraging students to protect themselves by using condoms. There will also be a quiz to test their knowledge and staff available to answer any questions.
In addition, Herts Aid will be registering students for the sexual health c-card which enables them to pick up free condoms from a number of venues across Hertfordshire. The scheme also helps young people make informed choices regarding relationships, get tested for chlamydia and understand the types of contraception available.
Suzanne Bannister, Director of Herts Aid said: “Freshers’ Fairs are the perfect time for us to remind students about the risks of unsafe sex. There are often no signs at all that someone has an STI. Some people have infections but don’t know it, so asking them won’t help either. If you’re having sex the best way to protect yourself from STIs is to use a condom every time.”