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Beat school exam stress

Tests and exams, including GCSEs, can be a challenging part of school life for both children and parents. But there are ways to ease the stress. 1. Watch out for exam stress Look out for signs of exam stress. Stressed children may be irritable, not sleep…

Talking to your kids about cancer

If you have cancer, discussing it with your children may be difficult. But listening and talking to them can be reassuring, as well as helping them understand your diagnosis. Keep it simple Children may have heard things about cancer that frighten them, so speak to them…

Male condoms: know the facts

There are lots of myths about male condoms. Make sure you know the facts before you use one. MYTH: You have to be 18 to buy condoms.TRUTH: Condoms are available at any age and free of charge from contraception clinics, Brook centres, sexual health (GUM) clinics, further…

The vegetarian diet

For vegetarians who eat dairy products and eggs, a healthy diet is the same as for anyone else, but without meat or fish. Healthy eating as a vegetarian The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of food we should eat - and in what proportions - to have…

Coping with a positive HIV test

Hearing that you have HIV can be shocking, but people with HIV can live a long and healthy life. Find out how to cope with a positive test result and where to go for support. Read the information below or go straight to the advice on: your emotions getting the test result…

STI symptoms that need checking

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don't get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed. An STI can be passed from one…

Sexual health for lesbian and bisexual women

Women who have sex with other women can pass on or get STIs. Know how to protect yourself. Lesbians and bisexual women are not immune from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and it's important not to be complacent about getting tested for them, according to Ruth…

Talking to your teenager

Getting teenagers to talk openly about what's bothering them can be hard. Follow these tips to help get them talking to you about their worries. 1. Ask, don't judge Start by assuming they have a good reason for doing what they do. Show them you respect their intelligence…

Gay health: access to healthcare

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person you are entitled to exactly the same standards of care as heterosexual people in the NHS. Your rights are now clearly stated in the NHS Constitution, which all NHS organisations have to comply with. It's a good idea…

The Eatwell Guide

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You don't need to achieve this balance with every meal but try to get the balance right over a day or even…