Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Sexual Health Team will attending Fresher’s Fairs throughout North Wales during September, promoting their annual sexual health campaign known as ‘SEXtember‘ which encourages people to talk about sexual health.

Dr Ushan Andrady, Consultant in Genitourinary Medicine/HIV, who is based at Ysbyty Gwynedd leads this campaign to raise awareness around sexual health matters. He said: “It’s difficult for some people to talk openly about sexual health without being embarrassed, therefore it’s really important that we try and make it easy for people to talk freely about any issues or concerns they may have around their sexual health. That is why we promote this campaign every year.

“This year we’re raising awareness around the risks associated with having sex, under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This mixture can reduce inhibitions and can make people feel more sexually confident. However, the line between enjoying yourself and becoming out of control and putting yourself at risk is a thin one and is different for everyone.”

Dr Andrady added: “To ensure that alcohol and drugs don’t ruin your fun, enjoyment and sexual experience, make sure that you:

  • Have a game plan – plan your contraception use and/or carry condoms before you start partying
  • Know your limits – you and your sexual partner are not too drunk and are still able to have safer sex
  • Be in control – both be able to consent to sex and never pressurise a partner, you can both say NO to sex at any time
  • Don’t panic! – know how to access emergency contraception and/or local sexual health services for a sexual health check-up

“We will be attending 15 Fresher’s Fairs throughout North Wales during the month of September and it is hoped that through our campaign we will encourage people to think how alcohol and drugs can influence sexual behaviour and decision making to avoid any sobering thoughts the morning after!”

For more information and details on your nearest sexual health clinic visit: www.bcu.wales.nhs.uk or www.sextember.org