We get it. It can be exciting under the mistletoe. But when things get warm and jolly, it’s important to stay safe. Read on for a few ways you can stay safe this holiday season.
Get Tested & Practice Safe Sex
The CDC estimates that nearly 1 in 5 adults have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). STIs include infections such as herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. STIs can result in a number of health problems if left untreated.
However, most people don’t know that they have an STI and may not exhibit physical symptoms that would indicate infection. In these cases, the only way to know of infection is through testing. Without treatment, these individuals are more likely to suffer from advanced health problems from the STI and may even spread the infection.
Which is why it’s important to get tested frequently for STIs if you are sexually active and to make your regular doctor’s visits. Practicing safe sex also helps reduce the risk of contracting a STI and can also prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Communicate Consent & Boundaries
In addition to practicing safe sex, it’s important to talk with your partner about boundaries and consent. This may feel awkward or seem uncool, but having these conversations helps ensure that you are both safe, aware, and respectful of each other during sex.
Check out this guide developed by the University of California, Davis on ways to communicate and establish boundaries with your partner.
Get the Facts
Brushing up on health facts and sexual health knowledge can help you build confidence and stay safe. It’s also a great way to build health literacy and can help ensure your current and future wellness. Check out our list of debunked sex myths and our detailed expert answers for quick access to the facts.