Be Safe on Spring Break: Know Your STI Status
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), college students increase their drinking by up to 15 drinks per day for males and 10 drinks per day for females over spring break. With these high amounts of alcohol, come even higher stakes. While the alcohol itself is dangerous to the body, college students also may be putting themselves at risk for other problems while under the influence.
Below are some sobering spring break statistics:
- 26% of males and nearly 36% of females failed to use a condom during sex with someone they met on spring break.
- Nearly 50% of the males and 41% of the females reported having consumed alcohol just prior to sex.
- When asked about their alcohol use in connection with their sexual activities, 49% of men and 38% of women reported having sex as a direct result of drinking.
- 75% of all students reported never or rarely using a condom on spring break.
- Students reported their decisions were negatively influenced by alcohol or drug use just prior to sexual activity.
- 74% of males and nearly 88% of females reported never or rarely worrying about STDs/HIV, even though they were at risk.
- About 48% of men and women who had sex under the influence regretted the experience.
In order to know whether or not you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) prior to and after spring break, call the Student Health Clinic at 404-413-1930 and make an appointment for STI testing. If you are sexually active and have concerns about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), make an appointment at the Student Health Clinic for a consultation. The Student Health Clinic offers professional, non-judgmental STI counseling. Even if you are not having symptoms, the Student Health Clinic encourages students who are sexually active to do routine screening. This is particularly important for women, since many STIs do not show symptoms and can cause infertility. For more information on healthy sexuality, visit Student Health Promotion.