A lot of people think that one night stands, or casual sex, are no big deal. But it can be. Remember it just takes one instance of unprotected sex - whether you are in a relationship or a one night stand, to contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or get pregnant.
In fact, one night stands can be even more risky than sex with a regular partner. Sometimes people are high or drunk or may not know the person very well. This is risky business, as your judgment becomes cloudy and you are less likely to decide if sex is really what you want to do. You are less likely to use condoms and/or be forced to do something you may not want to do. If you know you are going to have casual sex, make sure someone - like friends or family members, knows where you are and who you are with.
There are also the emotional costs. Some people think that there is nothing emotional about one night stands, but no matter how hard you may try to keep your feelings out, they often creep in. You've probably heard of the term 'friends with benefits'. This is when friends hook up, but don't see themselves in an official relationship. How can you be sure that you won't become attached? If you start getting attached, it's a good idea to take a step back and make your feelings known to your partner. If your feelings have changed, then the relationship is going to change too.
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