End the year on a healthier high

The festive season offers no shortage of opportunities to party. If you’re planning to combine partying with sex, it’s worth knowing that sexual health clinics close for some days over the holidays. There is often an increased number of people attending clinics in the first week of January, so do plan ahead.

If you are going bareback it’s really important to get an HIV test very regularly. You can avoid the post-Christmas rush at the clinic by using our home testing service: http://www.deanstreetathome.com/. The home testing kit doesn’t cover other sexually transmitted infections though, so visiting the clinic is essential to stay as healthy as possible.

If you do get HIV or other STIs, it is important to know as soon as possible as there is still time for you to reduce the harm to your body and those of your partners by starting treatment early. So why not make a New Year’s resolution to get tested regularly.

There’s nothing wrong with partying hard, but sometimes it can leave you feeling tired and anxious. Make sure you plan for some rest and recovery over the holidays too. Afterparty [www.afterparty.org.uk] is an outreach service that provides great advice, guidance and support for gay and bi men involved in chemsex.