22nd May 2015
No Glove, No Love
Concerned by the numbers of young people catching sexually transmitted infections, a group from Oswestry in Shropshire are educating others their age about sexual health.
Led by 17-year-old Lauren Cowley, the team want to encourage their peers to be safe and not put themselves or their partners at risk.
‘More and more young people are getting STIs,’ explains Lauren.
‘We want them to realise the importance of wearing condoms to reduce these risks.’
With Fixers, Lauren and her team have helped create a poster featuring a picture of four bananas. Two are healthy, ripe fruits while the others are blotchy and rotting.
The images are accompanied by a statistic, stating that young people aged 16-24 account for half of all newly diagnosed STIs.
‘We loved the poster. It’s exactly what we were looking for to reach our target audience,' says Lauren.
‘We’ve used the accompanying hashtag #NoGloveNoLove as we thought it would be quite catchy and easy for people to remember.’
To enlarge the Fixers poster, click on the image below.
The group launched their poster at Walford and North Shropshire College.
As part of the launch event, students received free condoms and information leaflets, while the team pinned their posters on notice boards around the Oswestry campus.
One young person who attended said: ‘It's embarrassing to buy condoms, so it’s a really good idea to hold a stall at the college during break time. You can learn about some of the STIs and pick up a free condom and information.'
The group are also planning to get the design printed on to T-shirts, in the hope that it will get more people talking about sexual health.
‘We need to raise awareness of sexual health and discuss it more,’ Lauren adds.
‘We want students to understand how easy it is to catch an infection.’
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