The festive and New Year party season is a time to celebrate with family, friends and relatives, but the celebrations can also mean drinking more than usual.
For some revellers this can lead to uncharacteristic behaviour because of the alcohol lowering their inhibitions and leading to risky sex and possibly a sexually transmitted infection.
People who have sex without a condom run the risk of being exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STIs) or HIV, and they would be advised to have themselves checked out because often there are no obvious signs or symptoms.
Nicky Coia, Principal Health Improvement Officer with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “STIs are virtually all preventable. Using a condom protects you and your partner from infections like this, not to mention the transmission of HIV.
“Nothing spoils what should be a time of celebration more than a sexually transmitted infection and there is so much you can do to protect yourself.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry, so anyone who is sexually active should take condoms with them, even if they don’t think they will be having sex.”
Free condoms are available from a number of venues in Greater Glasgow and Clyde through the C-Card scheme, which also offers free confidential advice and information. The Sandyford provides sexual, reproductive and emotional health services for women, men and young people at the Sandyford Central located in the city centre and hubs across the local localities.
The Archway service also offers medical and counseling support for women, men and young people, who have had been raped or sexually assaulted Phone 0141 211 8175. Whilst The Place is dedicated for young people for support and advise around sex and relationship issues.
Pharmacies can also offer emergency protection, which must be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex.
Notes to Editors:
One unit is the equivalent of half a pint of beer or lager or a small glass of wine.
Drinkline, 0800 917 8282, is a free and confidential telephone helpline for people who need help or support with their own or someone else’s drinking, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.
For more information about the C-Card scheme log onto the Sandyford website on www.sandyford.org <http://www.sandyford.org>. 0141 211 8130