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SHAG week 2012 report!

Posted by KCLSexpression on February 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

KCL Sexpression have had another successful SHAG week, this year running from the 13th-17th February inclusive. Please read below for full details on Chlamydia tests performed, Condoms distributed, the C-Card scheme, SXT cards and our evening events.

SHAG week events:

We held our lunchtime stalls nearly every day at various places on the 4 main King's Campuses; at Guy's in Boland House, in the Franklin-Wilkins Building at Waterloo, the WEC at Denmark Hill, and the Macadam Lobby and the Waterfront Bar at the Strand. At these stalls we gave out condoms and lubricant, offered chlamydia tests and incentives, cards promoting SXT.org and signed people up to the "come correct" scheme.

We also held 3 very successful events during the week- the first was our Sexy Pub Quiz, attended by over 50 people and hosted by the legendary Dr Patterson, who was a good sport as ever.

We supported Medsin with their talk on the Thursday by Professor Lucas about the history of AIDS, which was well-attended, as well as our own talk on the Friday by Professor Guillebaud on Sex and Population Growth. (The highlight of that talk for me was the Prof massaging our own KCLSU VP Fran!)

As usual we attended the Wednesday Sports Night at Guy's Bar to distribute condoms and offer screening, with a "drag and queens" theme.

Chlamydia Tests:

We have managed to surpass last year's record of 100 tests by performing 118 chlamydia tests on behalf of the King's Health Centre, with another 50 for students not registered with the Health Centre, supplied by metrosexual.org- making a total of 168 tests performed during the week! (That's only counting tests done "on the spot" with the client bringing us the urine sample back).

This number could have been larger as like last year we encountered a lot of people registered with other GP practices, so much so that we ran out of "non-KCL" tests in some locations. Similiarly we also had requests for testing from people over 25, who are not covered by the National Chlamydia Screening programme and so we could not test unfortunately.

Again the supply of incentives really helped us to reach this number- with thanks again to Justin from metrosexual.org for supplying those.

The most successful screening was done at our events; with 36 tests (21 Kings, 15 non-Kings) performed at our Pub Quiz on the Monday night, and at least 46 tests done at the Sports night on the Wednesday. Like last year, the limiting factor on the Wednesday night was simply running out of tests!

Condoms:

Deirdre from Lambeth PCT supplied us with a variety of condoms (the total number of which escapes me, but we gave nearly all of them out) which were given out at 5 stalls around the campuses.

Flavoured condoms proved particularly popular/of interest to people. Female condoms were not, and I know we had one request for a dental dam which unfortunately we did not have any of.

Of the condoms given out, 318 I have record of as being given out as part of the new "Come Correct" scheme (see below). Also 20 sachets of lubricant are recorded as given out with the scheme, but we gave out a lot more.

C-cards ("Come Correct")

C-cards are a new scheme that KCLSU are working with us to offer- whereby we can sign up under-25's to have a credit-style"card" which they can then use to pick up free condoms weekly from various "easy access points" around London.

KCLSU will hopefully be offering the service to students at their student centres- both in terms of signing students up and distributing the condoms.

During this one week we signed up 114 young people to the scheme, which I think proves its popularity.

Hopefully KCLSU will take this further in terms of training all it's student centre staff to provide the condoms and use the database, and perhaps helping Sexpression to publicise it throughout the year.

SXT cards:

www.sxt.org.uk is a new website/text messaging service that allows users to locate their nearest sexual health service (by service needed), and the opening times. We handed out many cards promoting the website and text service throughout the week, as well as promoting it on our posters. Also hopefully the Come Correct Easy Access Points will soon be added the the sxt database!

So all in all I think we managed to achieve a fair bit! :) Here's to even greater success next year!

Lauren Taylor

KCL Sexpression Vice-President

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