A woman’s night out with her friends and family in a bar is likely to be the most enjoyable time of her life, but it may also be the one where she becomes the most vulnerable, according to research from the University of Sussex.
Dr Helen Widdicombe, who led the research, said the female body was more vulnerable than men’s because of the way the lining of our vaginas is built.
“We know that there are hormones involved, there are things that happen to our cells in response to stress, and when the body gets stressed, it releases chemicals that can affect the body in a way that makes the person more vulnerable,” she said.
“So the body is more sensitive to stress than men are, which means that if you are feeling vulnerable and you feel unsafe, then you will have a higher risk of developing a sexually transmitted infection.”
It also means that the person who is more vulnerable is the one that is most likely to have problems because the immune system of women is more able to fight off the infection.
“Dr Widdis findings, published in the journal Current Biology, have also been reported in the US journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.
It means that women may be more vulnerable in the evening out and not have to wear tight-fitting clothing when the lights are turned down.”
They are more susceptible to infections that are caused by their own sex, like herpes and syphilis.””
Women are more likely to get infected by their partner, they are more prone to contracting HIV.
They are more susceptible to infections that are caused by their own sex, like herpes and syphilis.”
The way that we have structured our society, we are often much more vulnerable at night, we’re more exposed, and we’re less able to take our own protective measures.
“DrWiddi’s findings suggest that women should wear a sleeveless top and top down to reduce the risk of contracting herpes, although the research does not suggest whether this should be done at night.
The University of Cambridge has also reported similar findings.
Dr Widdle said that although the researchers had not looked at the effect of these types of factors on the risk that an infected person would spread the virus to someone else, they did not think the changes would be enough to prevent people becoming infected.”
In terms of prevention, we need to look at different strategies and how to tailor our behaviour to prevent infection,” she added.
DrWiddle said the new findings showed that people were more likely than men to become infected when they were sexually active.”
If you have unprotected sex with someone, you’re more likely still to get an infection,”Dr Widenbough said.