Holiday season is finally on the horizon and many of us will be looking forward to sun, sea and sand. Going on holiday is supposed to be memorable for the right reasons, but sadly, many people return home with much more than just happy memories.
When you’re abroad and you’re on holiday, you may be more likely to drink too much, meet new people and engage in unprotected sex and this could put you at risk of unwanted pregnancy, as well as sexually transmitted infections. Statistics show that people are more likely to act in an irresponsible way when they’re abroad and in a poll of 2,000 British adults conducted by Pharmacy2U Online, 10 per cent admitted to doing something they regretted on their last holiday.
About sexually transmitted infections
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are very common, especially among young adults aged between 16 and 25 years old; these infections are spread through sexual contact and intercourse and they can be very serious. Sometimes, there are no symptoms, while in other cases, symptoms such as a burning sensation when you urinate, blisters or sores around the genitals, itchiness and irritation and generally feeling unwell, may develop after infection. There are lots of different types of STI; the most common include Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes and genital warts.
Tips for avoiding STIs abroad
If you’re abroad, you want to come home with a tan and some amazing memories and photos, rather than a sexually transmitted infection, so try to act in the same way on holiday as you would at home. Drink in moderation, carry condoms with you and insist on using them if you don’t want to have intercourse with you and be sure that you want to sleep with somebody; don’t feel pressured or pushed into it just because your friends are doing it and you’re on holiday.
Dealing with an STI
If you’ve had unprotected sex and you think you may have an STI, visit your local sexual health clinic, your GP or your local GUM clinic when you get home for a sexual health test. If you do test positive, you can then be treated as quickly as possible. Treatments usually involve courses of antibiotics, but there are some infections, such as genital herpes, which cannot be cured. London based genital herpes doctors can provide treatments to reduce symptoms, but the virus remains in the body and the infection may flare up from time to time; for the most past, the virus lies dormant and you can go months without any symptoms.