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23 December 2010 at 12:39

Internet searches linked to sexual health rise in January because of risks taken in the festive period. Alcohol consumption in the party season makes people less inhibited and increases the risk of unplanned, unprotected sex.

Dr Mike Abbott, Consultant in Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital, said: “Alcohol makes people take more risks, especially where sex is concerned. Alcohol can also make people more vulnerable to having their drinks spiked, with serious consequences.”

You can reduce risk at Christmas, New Year and all year round and avoid the anxiety and potential harm of sexual infections and unplanned pregnancy with:

  • Consistent condom use
  • Effective contraception
  • Fewer sexual partners
  • STI testing (including HIV and syphilis)

Dr Abbot added: “By taking care of yourself and seeking advice you can maintain your sexual health but if you are worried, get help.”

The GUM clinic at Southport hospital will be open as normal over the Christmas and New Year period apart from 27 and 28 December and 3 January. Put “Southport GUM” into any internet search engine for more information.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager,
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust./strong

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