Travelling to large international GBT parties can be a lot of fun. However, due to the increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it is important to take steps to protect yourself and your partners.
Before your trip, it is worth researching sexual health services at your destination and pack condoms, lubricants, and any necessary medications.
Once you arrive, practice safe sex habits by maintaining good hand hygiene, clean sex toys before sharing, and changing condoms between different sexual activities and partners. If you experience any symptoms of an STI, such as diarrhoea, cramps, or fever, seek immediate medical attention.
It is also worth availing of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The card entitles you to free or reduced-cost healthcare when travelling in Europe. You can apply for an EHIC if you’re living in Ireland and intend to live here for at least 1 year. Find out how to get your EHIC. If you are travelling outside Europe, it is recommended to get travel/health insurance.