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Right Arrow Youngsters take to screen to promote safer sex
07 December 2011 at 10:03

Youngsters have got under the covers and in front of the cameras to promote good sexual health.

They wrote, filmed and starred in three short films for the new On Top website which offers a range of helpful information to other young people.

Everything on the site was designed, written or inspired by the group of 16 to 25 year-olds from across Sefton.

It includes an A-Z of sex, information of sexually transmitted infections, contraception, where to get advice and local services.

The three short films, which can be seen on YouTube, use humour to press home the message that safer sex means using a condom.

The NHS Sefton-funded project is managed by Isis, the community sexual health service at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Health promotion lead Liz Kay said: “On Top is about putting young people in control of their sex lives. We want them to have the knowledge and confidence have sex safely on their terms free from worries.

“It’s a well-known fact that peer education is a very effective way of getting message across and this is what we hope to have achieved here.”

Fern Thompson, 22, of Southport who took part in the project said: “We’ve had a brilliant time putting the site together, particularly working on the films.

“The website lets young people know about things like contraception, sexually transmitted infections and how to avoid them, pregnancy and relationships in a way that isn’t boring or patronising. We’re here to tell it like it is, so young people can make the most of their sex life.”  

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. Since 1 April 2011, it is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.