Video: Summer - Sultry Beaches, Love And Genital Infections
The spring sun not only awakens our body from "hibernation", but also makes us look at beauties in short skirts in a completely different way. But the peak of sexual activity, according to recent studies, still falls in the summer - the time of vacations and light flirting.
But scientists are sounding the alarm: a holiday romance shouldn't get you in trouble. Consider a recent study based on data from patient visits to the Sexual Health Center in Melbourne, Australia, between 2006 and 2014. The researchers looked at how diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and patient reports of the number of partners they had in the past 3 months changed over the year.
They found that men and women alike reported having more sex partners when they visited the clinic in summer compared to winter.
In addition, rates for several STIs were higher in the summer. For example, gay men were more likely to develop urethral gonorrhea. While in men who have sex with women, the likelihood of developing urethritis (caused by partners' chlamydia) increased dramatically.
In women, diagnoses of pelvic inflammatory disease (or PID according to the international classification) peaked in the fall. Since PID is most commonly caused by untreated cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea, the peak of autumn PID diagnoses is consistent with the higher incidence of STIs that are diagnosed in summer.
Therefore, scientists and doctors once again warn: love is great, but you should not lose your head and forget about safe sex.