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East Cheshire NHS Trust issues Christmas safe sex message

Cheshire party-goers are being urged to practice safe sex this Christmas and New Year and avoid receiving any unwanted gifts.

The message has been issued by East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs sexual health clinics across the county including Congleton, Crewe, Macclesfield, Sandbach, Wilmslow and Knutsford.

The consumption of alcohol can often lead to lowered inhibitions, and so the trust is calling for people to remember the dangers of unprotected sex, which include sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV. Sexual health experts are also reminding people that unplanned pregnancies can also occur should adequate protection not be used.

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s medical director Dr John Hunter said: “Many people will enjoy a festive tipple over Christmas and may end up drinking much more than usual.

“Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can leave some people forgetting to take adequate precautions during sexual activity and contracting a sexually-transmitted infection. While most STIs can be treated, they are of course very unpleasant and will make it a very sad Christmas and New Year for anyone who contracts one.

“As a result, we are urging people in Cheshire to be cautious and remember to practice safe sex. This applies to people of all age groups and sexual orientations as infections, including HIV, are prevalent among the community. Information about practicing safe sex is available online, including on the NHS Choices website.”

Dr Hunter added: “We also want to emphasise that local help is available for anyone who has any symptoms or concerns about their sexual health. See our dedicated sexual health website – www.gosexualhealth.co.uk to find your nearest clinic or get in touch with us for completely confidential, non-judgemental advice and support.”

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