Pregnancy tests on offer at city nightspot

CHECK-UP Women out in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth can get a free pregnancy test
CHECK-UP Women out in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth can get a free pregnancy test
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FREE pregnancy tests are on offer at a city centre drinking area so revellers can take the test on nights out.

The checks are available at the Safe Space clinic in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Walk.

Free condoms are also available along with safe sex advice during the clinic’s late-night opening hours.

It comes as Safe Space – opened to offer help and treatment to drinkers with minor injuries – expands its services in a bid to reduce high-risk sexual behaviour.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health for Portsmouth, said: ‘A young person who is unsure whether they are pregnant or not needs to know for certain before they go out drinking so that they can consider the risks.

‘Others need to recognise that they are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour when they are drunk than when they are sober – so it makes sense to be able to give them condoms before they go drinking.

‘I strongly believe that this preventative, proactive approach will help to reduce harm, prevent sexually transmitted disease and reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy.’

Safe Space treated 461 people and gave advice to more than 400 last year – easing pressure on Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and saving taxpayers thousands.

Alan Knobel, from the Safer Portsmouth Partnership, made up Portsmouth City Council and the emergency services, said women can do the pregnancy test there and then, adding: ‘We are taking the opportunity to engage with people who are out in the night-time economy who might practice risky sexual behaviour.’

‘We are providing them with condoms and in terms of pregnancy tests it’s about using the opportunity to give appropriate alcohol consumption advice when they are concerned that they might be pregnant.’

Safe Space is open from 10pm to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.