As the holiday season approaches, the air is filled with joy, parties, and festive spirits. Amidst the merriment, it's essential to take a moment to consider your sexual health, especially as some services may be less accessible during this time. Fear not, as we've got you covered with a guide on how to look after your sexual 'elf' this Christmas.
Condoms: Wrap Up Your Festive Fun Early!
Getting your festive wrapping done early takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to your sexual health. If you're under 25, you might be eligible for free condoms through the C-Card and Doink condom distribution schemes. Additionally, explore the criteria for our Condoms Direct service. To find out more about free condoms, click here.
Time to Get Testive: Unwrap the Gift of Knowing
There's no time like the present – puns aside, it's crucial to know your STI status. Since many STIs can be symptomless, testing is the only way to be sure. If you're sexually active, consider using condoms during all types of sex, including oral, to prevent potential STI transmission. Find your nearest sexual health clinic during the festive period click here.
PrEP Yourself: Preventing HIV Transmission
PrEP, a pill that prevents HIV transmission, is 99% effective and available on the NHS. While PrEP provides excellent protection against HIV, remember to use condoms to prevent the transmission of other sexually transmitted infections. Learn more about accessing PrEP click here.
Consent: A Vital Part of the Season’s Spirit
Under the mistletoe or not, remember that all sexual activity should be consensual. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. If you need to talk about sexual assault, help is available. Find your nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre click here.
This Christmas, let the festivities be not only merry but also safe and consensual. By taking proactive steps to care for your sexual 'elf,' you can ensure a happy and healthy holiday season. Whether it's wrapping up with free condoms, staying informed about your STI status, or accessing preventative measures like PrEP, make your sexual health a priority. Consent is key, and help is always available for those who need it. May your celebrations be filled with joy, love, and a commitment to a healthier you.
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