Beaches Ocho Rios celebrates Safer Sex Week

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Facials, manicures, foot massages, haircuts, and other spa treatments were extended to team members of Beaches Ocho Rios recently, during the resort’s celebration of Safer Sex Week. The event, which was put on by Beaches Ocho Rios in association with the Ministry of Health and EGAS (Executive Ground Ambulance Services), was geared at ensuring that team members were aware of safe sex practices and the risks involved in unsafe practices.

Environment health and safety manager for the resort, Latoya Timoll said: “Our team members are our greatest assets, and their health and safety is most important to us. The aim is to remind them how important it is to practise safe sex and also offer a little pampering and grooming.”

Long lines were also present at the health department booths, as the team members made use of the opportunity to do on-the-spot pap-smear and HIV tests, conducted by personnel from the Port Health Department.

“We are happy for this opportunity. I really appreciate the Pap smear test. I like the fact that they brought it to us, which gave us the chance to do it,” Janet Jones, a team member, said.

The team members were also actively engaged in a talk about safer sex practices by Ramona Williams, community peer educator from the Ministry of Health, who reminded them of the importance of using protection.

“We welcome the chance to engage young people in this forum. We want to ensure they stay safe while having fun,” she said.

Safer Sex Week is celebrated between February 10 – 16 each year and is used to bring about awareness of the effects of unprotected sex, with the hope of encouraging persons to engage in healthier sexual practices.

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