Revellers are being urged to play safe as the festive party season gets underway.
And NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s sexual health staff have a produced a credit card sized sexual health guide which is being distributed to bars and clubs throughout the Board area in the run up to Christmas.
Nicky Coia, Principal Health Improvement Officer (Sexual Health), said: “The run up to Christmas and New Year is a time of year when many people are out enjoying themselves, possibly meeting new partners, but their inhibitions can be lowered by an excess of alcohol leading to risky behaviour.
“We hope people enjoy the festive celebrations, but hope people will take care as well.”
The booklet contains advice about the possible consequences of unprotected sex, possible pregnancy and the fact that women can get free emergency contraception over the counter at every pharmacy.
There is also information about where to have a test for a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
“Some STI have no symptoms and you might not know if you or your partner have an STI,” went on Nicky, “but many STI do have symptoms and a full screening is available at a local Sandyford hub.
“All STI can be treated and many can be completely cured.”
Meanwhile women can get free emergency contraception in tablet form over the counter at every pharmacy or go to their nearest Sandyford Sexual Health Service which be found at www.sandyford.org.uk or telephone 0141 211 8130.
People can discover the address of their nearest pharmacy by visiting www.nhsggc.org.uk and search for pharmacies, or contact NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.
The booklets also contain information about what to do if sharing injecting equipment and the risk of acquiring HIV.
They also explain the role and include the contact number of Archway Glasgow, a 24 hour, seven days a week sexual assault referral centre for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the last seven days.
It is free to women and men aged 13 years and over and appointments can be made by contacting 0141 211 8175.
Nicky added: “Make sure that alcohol doesn’t ruin your night by taking commonsense steps such as pacing yourself, have a soft drink inbetween alcoholic drinks and don’t drink on an empty stomach.”
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]