App’s information you ‘Need Tay Know’

NTK the Need to Know app was launched by NHS Tayside in Arbroath High School on Thursday morning. Promoting it in our picture are - Kerry Dalgety senior health promotion officer and Louise Smart health promotion worker.
NTK the Need to Know app was launched by NHS Tayside in Arbroath High School on Thursday morning. Promoting it in our picture are - Kerry Dalgety senior health promotion officer and Louise Smart health promotion worker.

YOUNGSTERS in Arbroath have helped to develop a smartphone app designed to give information on sexual health services.

The app ‘Need Tay Know’ was launched at Arbroath High School on Thursday and was developed by NHS Tayside in conjunction with local youth group, Youth Talkin’ Health and Blood Borne Virus Managed Care Network (MCN).

It is hoped the app will give users information on sexual health services available, where they are provided and how to access them using maps and GPS functionality. 

It also contains information on a host of topics relating to sex and relationships including pregnancy, STIs, what the risks are and how to stay safe.

NHS Tayside consultant in genito-urinary medicine Dr Ciara Cunningham said: “Tayside sexual and reproductive health service recognises that young people are disproportionately affected by sexual ill health.

“We hope that this app will make young people aware that we do have services specifically for them, how to access these and what to expect when they attend.”

NHS Tayside sexual health and blood borne virus MCN manager Donna Thain added: “We want young people to know that they have a choice whether or not to have sex and to support their choice; giving them the confidence to say no, but also giving them the information they need to keep themselves safe if they say yes.”