We asked a few experts about the way our bodies react to casual sex:
Getting The Talk
If the idea of having sexual contact with people you don’t know in real life is weird to you, you might feel different about hooking up on a dating app. After all, if the stakes are casual sex on a first date or more, you’re likely to have more feelings of vulnerability.
Those feelings of vulnerability can be amplified, leading to an increased vulnerability to an STD, like chlamydia, or even herpes. In a 2015 study on the effects of hookup culture on the health of college students, 44 percent of study participants had chlamydia and 20 percent had herpes. That’s a big number of people who could be susceptible to getting serious diseases. Sexually transmitted infections — including herpes, HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis — can have serious side effects if left untreated. Plus, if you catch an STI after having sex, you won’t have to deal with the symptoms that come with it. But if they’re not treated, these infections can have long-lasting effects, such as permanent damage to parts of the body that you can’t control.
Porn is an addictive source of fantasy, one that — when taken to extremes — doesn’t seem to let up. When people on dating apps seek out people who are just “looking to hook up,” it’s not uncommon for them to share stuff online like photos and phone numbers — another great way to hook up. According to a study by one Connecticut college, a third of respondents who have had casual sex have been exposed to porn beforehand.
12% of survey takers had met the person from whom they received porn before the sexual encounter, and 30% reported that they had been exposed to porn online.
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Don’t we want to take care of our partners after we’ve made love?
Imagine that you meet someone new, immediately hook up and have super hot sex. You’re both in the mood, and you’re feeling really good about yourself. But what happens when things get more serious? If you and your partner can’t relax about sex and connection, you might have some problems, like itching, soreness, or even bigger issues like infection. Just because casual sex hasn’t been around as long as it has in
What are the risks and potential consequences of casual sex?
The safety of casual sex is extremely important to sex-positive people like myself, especially with the rise in STDs in North America. When casual sex is not approached as a means of pleasure (if you want to actually be with that person), but instead just as a way to move on to the next “in,” it can end in disaster. Some specific examples include:
Malaria. This infection is usually transmitted by sexual contact with a mosquito infected with the malarial parasite. Even in casual hookups, it’s especially important to use a condom to prevent the transmission of this potentially deadly sexually-transmitted infection.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Condoms don’t necessarily protect you from other STDs, but since condoms are likely to be worn for the first encounter with a new partner, they remain the most effective means of reducing the likelihood of transmission.
Chlamydia. Known as the “silent” STD, this one rarely shows signs, especially in its early stages. As a result, it can sometimes go unnoticed for months or even years — which means you might not realise you’re infected until it’s too late. Condoms are designed to block the exchange of bodily fluids during intercourse, so they’re highly effective at preventing Chlamydia transmission.
Gonorrhea. Thanks to some impressive advances in medicine, we can prevent contracting this disease by taking antibiotics, and we can easily diagnose it with a urine test. The only problem is that antibiotics are expensive, so some people on the drug aren’t able to afford them. In the case of casual hookups, condoms are the surefire way of stopping the infection from spreading.
Hepatitis A. Unlike most STDs, the hepatitis A virus is typically spread through contaminated food and water. Hookups should take care to wash up after meeting up, and can use an app like OkCupid or Tinder to ensure they’re not sharing bacteria.
Human Papilloma Virus. HPV is the cause of cervical cancer, and can also cause penis warts and genital herpes. Condoms can prevent transmission of this disease, but you also have a greater chance of contracting it when you’re both new to an area.
Herpes Simplex Virus. There are two types of the herpes virus, and both can be contracted through casual sex. Herpes, however, is easier to detect than HPV.