The festive and New Year party season is a time to celebrate with family, friends and relatives, but it can also be a time when people drink more than usual.
This can lead to more risky behaviour including unsafe sex with increasing risks of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Having sex without a condom heightens the risk of exposure to an STI or HIV. It’s always advisable for people to have themselves checked out if they have unprotected sex as there’s often no obvious signs or symptoms of an infection.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “Anyone who is sexually active should take condoms out with them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
“STIs are virtually all preventable. Using a condom will protect you from such infections.
“Remember also to stay with friends. You need to look after each other and know how you are getting home before you go out.”
Free condoms are available in Greater Glasgow & Clyde through the Free Condom scheme which is easy to access with no need for individuals to register or give any personal details.
Anyone who lives or works in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde area can access the free service with over 70 distribution points including GPs’ surgeries, community centres and some high street pharmacies.
The Sandyford also provides sexual, reproductive and emotional health services for women, men and young people and other hubs across the area.