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The plan builds on earlier work promoting positive sexual health and wellbeing and the delivery of sexual health services.
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Improving the sexual health of people in Wales

Teenage pregnancy

One of the key actions of the Sexual Health and Wellbeing Action Plan for Wales, 2010-2015, is to reduce the rates of teenage conceptions. We will work in partnership with Local Health Boards, Public Health Wales and Children and Young People.

The empower to choose project

This commenced on 2nd April 2012 consisting  of two elements. The first is awareness raising and education of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC). The second involves auditing the contraceptive advice given to pregnant teenagers.

Young women who conceive as teenagers are at greatly elevated risk of further repeat teenage conceptions.  By encouraging the uptake of LARC has the potential to reduce conception rates. For more information on the empower to choose project go to the website (external link)

C Card Schemes

Young people aged less than 25 years can access free, confidential sexual health advice and free condoms from the Condom-Card (C-Card) Schemes across Wales. These schemes operate mainly from youth centres and voluntary organisations. For more information on schemes in your areas please go to the website (external link).

HIV awareness raising campaign

Although numbers are small there is a 10% increase every year in people living with HIV in Wales. Over 100 people are diagnosed every year in Wales.

Anyone can get HIV if they are having sex whether you are straight, gay or where you come from. Although HIV is more common in men who have sex with men bisexual men and African communities, there are now more people being infected outside of these groups. HIV is an issue for everyone.

A national HIV awareness raising campaign was launched on 26th November 2012, to coincide with World Aids Day, on 1st December 2012.

Many campaigns undertaken in the UK have targeted specific population groups, particularly gay men and those of African origin. This campaign has been designed to raise awareness in all population groups with the aim of encouraging testing in those who may not self-identify with the two previously identified risk groups.

The campaign will run until 1st December 2013. It will consist of posters at a wide range of settings throughout Wales. People are encouraged to visit  the  Frisky Wales website (external link)