“Safe sex” probably calls to mind memories of awkward middle school sex education classes, but safe sex is about more than just doing the deed. It also means taking precautions to avoid becoming a victim. Two thirds of rape victims 18 to 29 knew their attacker, and of college students who experience a forced sexual encounter, more than 75 percent were drunk or high at the time.
To stay safe on the party scene, pair up with a pal you trust. Never leave your drink unattended, and don’t accept drinks from strangers. If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, head straight to the ER to be tested for date-rape drugs.
The Takeaway: It’s easy to become a target when alcohol or drugs are involved. Always party with pals you trust, and keep track of your drink.
But It’s Not All Bad
That urge to plant a big wet one on someone special — it’s only natural. One of the main reasons humans kiss is to find a life-long mate.
Kissing may also help boost immunity. Pucker up!