Ah, the holidays. A time for peace, family, love and… STD facts? Yes, this holiday season you should watch out for snow, drunk drivers and unprotected sex. Turns out that STD transmission increases during the holidays, but don’t go blaming it on Santa being naughty.
Holiday parties are to blame
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the holiday season is the season for partying. Everyone gets a few days off, there’s lights and decorations everywhere, we are all in the mood for celebration, of course we want music and booze! Unfortunately, more alcohol usually means less inhibitions… and more possibilities of having unprotected sex. This is probably the cause of some unfortunate STD facts, including that transmission is higher. There is another factor that might be to blame, though: the holiday blues. Many people of all genders tend to feel sad and lonely during the holidays. And sex is an excellent way to feel a little bit less lonely, isn’t it? This means that more people are willing to download dating and hookup apps, or simply go home with a stranger when they wouldn’t do that any other time of the year.
So, what should you do about this? The same thing you should be doing all year round: use protection! Always use a condom (and do not keep them in your wallet or purse), and don’t be afraid to ask your partner if they’ve been tested. Your health (and more important, your life) comes first. If they do admit to having an STD, remember to remain supportive and calm. It’s your choice if you want to get all novela-dramatic or not, but you should never shame someone for this health issue.
Happy Holidays and take care of yourself!