- Pharmacists issue tips to stay healthy at Electric Picnic
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Thursday, 28 August 2014: Unprotected sex, dehydration, sunburn and diarrhoea are the top threats to the health and safety of festival goers, according to pharmacists who are urging music revellers heading to Electric Picnic this weekend to stay safe and look after their health.
Speaking today, Pharmacist and Vice-President of the IPU, Daragh Connolly, said festival goers should be especially cautious about the risks of unprotected sex; "Music Festivals are generally linked to higher than normal incidents of unprotected sex, especially when there is alcohol involved. One of the most significant short-term side effects of alcohol is reduced inhibitions, which can lead to an increase in sexual behaviour".
"Our advice is to plan ahead. If you believe there is any chance of an unplanned sexual encounter, bring condoms with you. Condoms are essential to protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections and, since normal oral contraception can become ineffective if the person is suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea, it is better to be safe rather than sorry", Mr Connolly said.