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The key to a happy Valentine's Day: safe love

by webmanager
Tue, Feb 12th 2019 10:00 pm
Lets talk about love With the number of diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) steadily rising, safe sex is a priority for Valentine's Day. Condoms are the most effective method of preventing the contraction of STDs and are available to all Brockport students at Hazen Hall.
Lets talk about love With the number of diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) steadily rising, safe sex is a priority for Valentine's Day. Condoms are the most effective method of preventing the contraction of STDs and are available to all Brockport students at Hazen Hall.

On Valentine’s Day, those in committed relationships, loving friendships and everything in between scour the internet for the perfect gift ideas.

From staples like chocolate, teddy bears and flowers, to more obscure items, many people across the world try to get into the manufactured-holiday spirit. One gift a person wouldn’t want? A sexually transmitted disease (STD).

According to TIME, STDs have been on a steady rise over the past few years.

In 2017 alone, there were nearly 2.3 million cases diagnosed in the U.S. This number is one of the highest seen and one you should pay attention to. College students put themselves at great risk for contracting STDs.

While not everyone participates in hookup culture, there is still a large number of students who enjoy going out on the weekends, drinking a bit and finding someone to spend the night with.

Holidays like Valentine’s Day are a popular time to take part in this lifestyle for those who don’t usually.

While we at The Stylus don’t necessarily discourage this activity if it’s what you like to partake in, we do encourage you to stay safe and protected. Many college-aged girls are on birth control, but that doesn’t protect the body from a STD. The easiest way to protect yourself is to always use condoms, whether it be male or female condoms.

According to Bustle, only 38 percent of college students polled use a condom every time they have sex. 15 percent said they never use them and four percent say they only use it if their partner asks to do so.

The common excuse for not using a condom is that either partner simply doesn’t “like” them. Nevertheless, that’s a poor excuse to potentially expose yourself to countless diseases, some of which are incurable.

If you’re going to be having skin-to-skin contact, you need to protect yourself, especially if you’re not familiar with your partner.

The expression “no glove, no love” should be taken to heart. The College at Brockport provides condoms at all their residence halls, as well as in the health center, Hazen.

If you think you may have already contracted a STD, you can go to Strong West Hospital here in Brockport, a branch of UR Medicine, Planned Parenthood, which has offices in Greece and Rochester, or another medical center of your choosing.

For those who don’t plan on being sexually active during Valentine’s Day weekend, there are many other ways to celebrate the holiday of love.

Spending time caring for yourself is underrated, especially around this time of year. But taking the time to take care of your body and mind, and treat yourself in a special way, is important.

Huffpost recommends nine ways to “practice self-love this Valentine’s Day.” This includes the typical methods you might think of, like forgiving yourself, eating well and spoiling yourself.

The article also recommends taking yourself on a date, and maybe even writing yourself a love note.

There are other popular ways to love yourself. Run a bath or a hot shower, take your sweet time and use a facemask when you’re done.

Go for a long run, bake yourself some sweets, do anything that you love and that makes you feel good.

One of the most important parts of any day is paying attention to your own happiness. So, as long as you enjoy the day to the best of your own ability, it was a successful holiday.

Many people’s confidence plummets around Valentine’s Day.

They are under the impression that they need to get into a relationship or at least have a romantic interest for the holiday.

This isn’t true. Valentine’s Day is a great day to celebrate all people in your life, which can include yourself, your friends and your family.

Anyone close to you in your life deserves some love. Why not give them some chocolate, or a sweet card?

Love isn’t strictly romantic; there are many people in your life who deserve your love.

However, despite all of this, there will be an especially dark cloud on this year’s Valentine’s Day.

While many already don’t understand why we celebrate the day due to its manufactured quality, it is also the day of the Valentine’s Day massacre that took place in 1929.

And, more recently, February 14 will be the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting that ignited the March for Our Lives movement.

This Valentine’s Day, extend your love to all those in your life, as every day is precious.

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