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.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Before going out everyone should make sure they eat something. During the night alternate water or soft drinks with alcoholic ones and if possible stay out of rounds or a kitty.
“If anyone decides to have sex they should make sure they use protection. 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
“STIs are virtually all preventable. Using a condom will protect you from infections like this, not to mention the transmission of HIV.
“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.
“Most importantly stay together and look after each other; and know how you are getting home before you go out. Follow this advice and you should have a great time.”
Free condoms are available in Greater Glasgow and 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 and Clyde area can access the new Free Condom service with over 70 distribution points including GPs’ surgeries, community centres, colleges and some high street pharmacies.
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.
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 further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .