Oh, the weather outside is frightful — and so is the fire in your vagina! Why are you so itchy? According to PositiveSingles.com, a dating site for those with herpes, HIV and other STIs, the rate of STIs increases during the holiday season. Um — sounds like the Christmas gift that just keeps on giving.
Additionally, the rise is more predominant on college campuses, the report says. According to the newspaper of East Tennessee State University newspaper, “the number of people who visit the clinic to be tested increases after holidays.”
What's to blame? The parties, the alcohol and the holiday blues. As Latinas, we love to celebrate occasions with family, musica, and yes, often times booze. Drinking while eating a turkey wing (my fave!) is par for the course. The thing is, drinking decreases our inhibitions and can lead to more cases unprotected sex — which causes an increase in transmission.
Many men and women also feel lonely during the holiday season. What happens when you feel all alone? You might just settle for anyone, or you may resort to hookup apps to fill the void temporarily.
There is something to be thankful for this holiday season: protection. Before slipping into bed, ask if he or she has an STI if they've been tested. If they admits to having an STI, PositiveSingles.com suggests you "remain calm... and be supportive.”
You now have the info you need, so it’s your call if you want to get freaky. Whatever you decide and regardless of his or her status, use a condom! Because it’s hard to enjoy coquito with an itchy pepita.