The three S’s of Spring Break: Sunburns, STI’s/STD’s, and Substances

Hello friend! Spring Break is here! While Spring Break is a great time to get some much needed R&R from the daily grind. We have some safety tips to share, whether you are staying local or traveling out of the country, behold the three S’s to look out for.

Sunburns

Sunburns occur when one’s skin is overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays. The skin does not need to be raw or peeling or blistering, in order for you to have a sunburn. With all the rain we’ve been getting, you may want to get a little sun, but it is important to be aware of the danger the sun can pose to our skin and how we can protect our skin.

According to Cancer Research UK, getting a painful sunburn just once every two years can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer. Therefore, this is truly no laughing matter. But do not despair, my sunbathers in search of the perfect tan! You can still aim for the perfect tan but instead of lying in the sun with no skin protection, use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. All people, regardless of skin complexion should use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 when they are going to endure prolonged sun exposure. Be sure to read the instructions, and reapply every couple of hours.

STI’s & STD’s

STI’s & STD’s are not limited to just Spring break, this is one that we all have to watch out for year round. Whether you will be in SLO for the week or at home or traveling, if and when you meet a cute person whom you would like to sleep with, remember that consent is key but do not forget that protection is a necessity. Use a condom every time and sexy time is sure to be sublime! But seriously, protect yourselves so that afterwards you can relish the memory of Spring Break without any potentially itchy or burning reminders of your escapades. If you’re traveling out of the country Zika is still a real threat and can be transmitted to both men and women through sex. Check out the County of SLO’s Public Health Bulletin for more travel safety information

Substance Use

Substance use, is one that we have to be careful about all time because what we put into our bodies can have lasting health consequences. Remember if you chose to drink alcohol, moderation is key. Know your limits and keep a tally of how many drinks you consume in a night, make a plan and stick to it. Remember that drugs and alcohol do not mix well and in some combinations can potentially be fatal. The most important rule to remember in regards to substances is to not consume anything if you are not completely sure what it is, this includes refraining from buying pills from a random person at a party and pouring your own drinks.  If you choose to be the DD, WE SUPPORT YOU!

Guest Writer: H.S.

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