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NHS campaign urges party-goers to practice safe sex during festive season
19 December 2018

Cheshire party-goers are being urged to practice safe sex during the festive period to help protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.

East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs sexual health clinics across the county, launched the campaign in a bid to reduce the amount of people contracting sexually transmitted infections and raise awareness of sexual health across local communities.

The campaign aims to remind people that during festive celebrations inhibitions can be lowered due to increased alcohol intake, and urges local people to remember the dangers of unprotected sex, which includes sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV. The campaign is also reminding people that unplanned pregnancies can occur when adequate protection is not used.

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s medical director Dr John Hunter said: “During the festive season there are more opportunities to socialise at Christmas parties and nights out, where people drink more alcohol than they had originally planned.

“Judgement can be impaired after consuming alcohol, and it is easy to forget to take the necessary precautions during sexual activity. This increases the risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, which is why we are campaigning for local people to practice safe sex and protect themselves as we head into the New Year.”

The East Cheshire NHS Trust offers a range of free, confidential sexual health services including contraception and STI screenings at their clinics across Cheshire.

Dr Hunter added: “We have help at hand for anyone who is concerned about their symptoms. Our sexual health website has lots of information- www.gosexualhealth.co.uk, where you can find your nearest clinic. Everything is confidential and non-judgemental. Information about practicing safe sex is also available online on the NHS website.”

A full list of clinics in Cheshire, including Christmas and New Year opening times, can be found here. The clinics also provide contraception services in addition to sexual health.

Free chlamydia testing postal kits can also be ordered from the gosexualhealth website. Click here to request your kit.  

 

In addition to services commissioned by Cheshire East Council, East Cheshire NHS Trust also operates clinics in the Cheshire West and Chester Council footprint.