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  • 'I have a sexual health check every six months'

    Josh Rafter found fame in Big Brother, but his real passion is supporting people whose lives are affected by HIV. He fundraises for charities including the National AIDS Trust, and explains to NHS Choices why sexual health check-ups are important. "Sexual health is hugely important, and it's a subject…

  • 10 Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking

    Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking. Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity…

  • Accessibility Information

    For information on public transport, accessible roads and routes around Southend and to find out how you could be supported to access your local community, please use the links on the right-hand side of this page. Help could include contact information for Cycle Southend, information…

  • Acute Conditions

    Acute conditions are those that last for a period of time, but which then hopefully get better.  They can be particularly worrying, as they often come on suddenly, as opposed to Long Term conditions which are often described as chronic. On this page, we will…

  • Addiction

    Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity, such as gambling. It becomes the most important thing in your life and leads to problems at home, work and school. There's no single reason why addictions develop. Some…

  • Addiction: What Is It?

    If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something. Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to…

  • Advice & information for carers

    An informal Carer is someone who, without payment, supports a family member or friend who is ill, has a disability, is elderly, has mental health or substance misuse issues. This support may include help with shopping, cooking, dealing with medication, personal care or attending medical…

  • Advocacy agencies & referrals

    An Advocate enables someone else to express their views and wishes.  An Advocate could be a friend, a relative or a representative from a neutral organisation.  You may need an Advocate if you have difficulty communicating or understanding.  For example, you can choose to use…

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a painless eye condition that causes you to lose central vision, usually in both eyes. Central vision is what you see when you focus straight ahead. In AMD, this vision becomes increasingly blurred, which means: Reading becomes difficult  Colours appear…

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

    Most blind and partially-sighted people are over 60. The most common eye condition which affects this group is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).  This is the progressive loss of central vision, so that it looks like there is a dark hole in someone's visual field. The onset of the condition is…