Ah the holiday season–filled with fun parties, quality time spent with friends and family, and…hookups? While the holiday season is great for couples, it can bring on extra feelings of stress and loneliness to singles. Unfortunately, the possibility of contracting an STD is all too real, especially when it comes to casual hookups.
Filling the Void
For those who are single, the holidays tend to be a time when casual hookups are used to push aside feelings of loneliness. This could mean reconnecting with an old flame while home for the holidays or hooking up with an acquaintance met at a holiday party after a few drinks. One poll reported that about 60% of people say they are more likely to hook up during the holidays than any other time of year. Today’s hookup culture makes these behaviors the norm, but that doesn’t mean that they are safe to do.
Casual Hookups and STDs
The problem with casual hookups is that many people see them as having no consequences. However, by hooking up with someone without protection, you are putting yourself at risk for contracting any number of STDs. Especially for young adults, cases of STDs are growing quickly. From 2013 to 2014, instances of syphilis grew by 79%, HIV by 33%, and gonorrhea by 30%. Some people attribute this to the hookup culture promoted by casual dating apps like Tinder. Tinder allows complete strangers to easily find and hook up with each other at any time of the day or night.
What Can You Do?
Protecting yourself from contracting an STD doesn’t have to be difficult. The first step is getting tested. ARCpoint Labs provides STD testing across the U.S. Find your nearest ARCpoint Labs today to get started.