Practice safe sex this Christmas

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NHS INFORM is urging Scots party-goers to practice safe sex during the festive season rather than risk sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy.

The Christmas and New Year party season often results in increased alcohol and lowered inhibitions, and inevitably some people will forget to the correct precautions.

STIs are on the increase, as is the risk of an unintended pregnancy if couples don’t ensure adequate precautions are used.

Professor George Crooks, Medical Director, NHS 24, said: “People who have sex when they’re drunk are more likely to take risks than those who have sex when sober.”

To avoid these risks, consume alcohol safely and always insist that your partner uses a condom. For further advice on good sexual health, and what to do if you do have unprotected sex, visit www.nhsinform/sexualhealth or call 0800 22 44 88.