We all know about casual relationships. The Netflix and Chill epidemic has taken over and made an impact on society, including many of you reading this now. In 2018, we are very much in a culture that dictates fast-paced living. We want everything at our fingertips and working for anything seems like a distant memory of the past. As easy as it is to find a partner to hook up with, you have to wonder if the ‘hook up’ culture as easy as it seems? Is it really easier sleeping with those whom you have ‘no strings attached’ or is there more to it?
According to the CDC (2017), “half of the nearly 20 million new STDs reported each year were among young people, between the ages of 15-24” (CDC, 2017, Sexual Risk Behaviors). It can be easy to stay in the now and assume that you will not be included in these numbers, but people are not always honest about their former relationships. They also may exaggerate or downgrade how many people they have slept with . . . no matter how much you think you know them. It may be weird to ask your partner about their previous relationships, but it may just save you from a lifetime of doctors’ visits and medication. Pregnancy used to be the main concern when it came to hookups, especially in a world where contraception is so heavily pushed to the public; however, STDs are slowly taking the lead for the worst con of unprotected sex.
While casual relationships may seem, exciting there are many health risks associated with ‘hooking up’. If you or someone you know are interested in learning more or simply needed our services give us a call for a confidential appointment. It’s never too late to be informed or ask questions about your body. You are in control of your choices, take charge and learn to educate yourself no matter how hard it may be.