New condom initiative for South Tyneside

A new condom initiative is being held in South Tyneside in an attempt to improve sexual health among young people in the region.

NHS South of Tyne and Wear is including one of the products for free in this month's edition of The Crack as part of the organisation's campaign Sex Worth Talking About, the Shields Gazette reports.

Lead commissioner for sexual health at NHS South of Tyne and Wear Janice Chandler described the project as an innovative campaign that will make contraceptives more accessible for many.

"We want to encourage young people to be prepared and always carry a condom. It doesn't mean they are looking for sex, but really looking after themselves," she added.

Ms Chandler added practicing safe sex is one of the best ways young people can guard themselves against sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia.

The news comes after figures from the Department of Health revealed STI levels are on the rise in fellow northern region Cumbria.