Spring break starts next week for college students at the University of Kansas. From sandy beaches to the comfort of “home sweet home” students are packing their bags and getting a much-needed break from classes. Whatever you are doing for spring break, just remember that there are simple things you can do to keep yourself safe while still having fun.
The Buddy System
It doesn’t matter how “grown up” you are now, as a good rule of thumb, anytime you go out and plan to drink, you should always take a friend, especially if you are a woman. Having a sidekick with you makes you less of a target for someone who may have ill intentions. If you are leaving the country, this piece of advice is vital.
Watch your Drink
Now more than ever drugs are being slipped into drinks even while they are being held. Just a quick distraction or even setting the drink down for a moment could be dangerous.
In contrast to popular belief, men are just as susceptible to drugs being slipped into their drink as women. Drugs that are slipped into a person’s drink come in a variety of forms, but most are used with the intent of making the person black out.
There now are mixtures of legal herbs on the market that mimic real drugs such as marijuana. These synthetic drugs, such as K2 Spice, can actually be very harmful and dangerous.
If you are on spring break and someone offers you a synthetic drug, be aware that while it may be legal, the side effects could be incredibly dangerous. Especially if you are out of the United States it would not be wise to try a synthetic drug.
Safety in Bed
Unfortunately young people, ages 15-24, have a higher risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease than any other age group. With a statistic so high, taking the right steps towards sexual safety is imperative.
Let’s face it, no one hopes or even expects to be one of the statistics. But, if you have been sexually active in the past you should get tested for having a sexually transmitted disease. You will never know if you are putting another person at risk until you get yourself tested.
Ask your Partner
Regardless of how long you have known a person, you should always ask them if they have gotten tested. Sure, they may give you their sexual history upfront, but if they haven’t gotten tested, you won’t fully know your potential risks.
During spring break, the chance of being promiscuous with someone you barely know is higher. Even in these circumstances asking the hard questions is key. The choice between a one night stand and having a disease for the rest of your life should be an easy one.
As you begin to pack your bags and say hello to sunny shores, remember that the choices you make now could affect your future down the road. Be safe and make wise choices this spring break!