Period inequality: a bloody shame

How close are we to achieving period equality? Free products are now in UK schools, but periods are still taboo, especially among young people, and poverty still exists. Journalist Sarah Campbell takes a closer look.

STIs and bacterial infection in teenage girls are the result of gender inequalities

A study assessing the impact of menstrual cups and the role of a vaginal microbiome in mitigating rates of bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), found about 10% of secondary school girls had STIs and 11% bacterial vaginosis.

HIV: where are we now?

Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the latest in the global fight against HIV and AIDS, from modern treatments and the impact of Covid-19 on the HIV-positive population to tackling the ongoing stigma still associated with the virus.

Northern Ireland: free period product pilot scheme rolls out in schools

A three-year pilot programme has been launched to make period products freely available to pupils in primary, secondary, special schools and EOTAS (education other than at school) settings.

News in numbers: November/December 2021

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Investigation: peer-on-peer sexual abuse

Peer-on-peer sexual abuse and harassment among children and young people isn’t new, but we are becoming more aware of its prevalence. Journalist Anna Scott finds out what’s going on.

Negative attitudes limit sexual health of over-45s

Negative attitudes towards older people’s sexual activities and limited awareness of available healthcare are associated with increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections, a report has found. 

The sorry state of sexual health

As rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England soar, journalist Juliette Astrup asks what it would take to tackle these trends and what you can do to help.

Let's chat periods

CEO and founder of Bloody Good Period Gabby Edlin is on a mission to ensure period equality (and more). Aviva Attias meets her…

Wales: ‘Test and post’ sexual health pilot scheme extended

A scheme allowing self-testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea at home has been extended for six months following a successful pilot. 

September news in numbers

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

July/August news in numbers

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

STIs: testing times

Sexually transmitted infection rates among young people remain too high. Journalist Rima Evans asks if attempts to limit transmission are working.

Northern Ireland: doctors urge girls to take up HPV vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has urged parents to take up the offer of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for their daughters following a fall in uptake.

England: new relationships education for an online world

All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe online and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships.

Northern Ireland: cancer charity says boys should receive HPV vaccine

Boys should be included in a vaccination scheme to protect them from the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), say Cancer Focus NI and the British Dental Association.

Targeting healthy pregnancies

Journalist Helen Bird looks at the gap in preconception health support and knowledge, and considers a three-part solution.

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