SUMMER IS ALMOST here and the temperature outside is not the only thing heating up. Our sexual desires are at their peak during the warmer months. Research showing a spike in Google keyword searches for words related to pornography, prostitution and dating sites during June and July as well as increased birth and STI rates in the months following all support this claim. Whether it’s the increase in social opportunities, the scant clothing of the season or some biological inclination, something about summer gets us hot. So, here are a few suggestions to make the most of your summer lust and keep you safe.
Drinking and summer seem intrinsically bonded. There is almost nothing better than a cool drink on a warm day. However, one too many can make the next day hellish in more than one way. Waking up next to a stranger is never fun and that person is almost never as attractive as you may have thought the night before. Also, sex just isn’t that great when one or both partners cannot function to their full potential. Cruising from your favorite bar patio can be a blast but don’t lose your senses. If you are going out drinking, surround yourself with friends and focus on the task at hand. If you are out for a different reason, keep your drinking in check.
Next, always be prepared. You never know when a “new friend” may come along and you should never rely on the other person to have protection. Keep condoms with you at all times so you are ready if and when the opportunity presents itself. Any time you leave the house, put a couple in your pocket for good measure. It is also important to keep your latex out of direct sunlight and heat. That means don’t keep a box in the car or one in your wallet. Heat and pressure are latex’s worst enemies.
And last, but certainly not least, have fun! Summer is an amazing time in Columbus. People are out and about and there is always something going on. With a different festival almost every weekend, concerts throughout the city and a truly amazing nightlife, the possibilities are endless. Summer is probably the best time to meet that special someone or reignite the flame of a current relationship. As always, be smart, stay safe and enjoy your summer.