STDAware Joins The Mile-High Club

 Things to know before you join the mile high club.In a recent LIVESTRONG article on the psychology behind plane sex, STDAware was featured as a sexual health authority on the risks of sex in public places. Read the original article here.

The article was written on the heels of two Delta passengers being arrested after engaging in oral sex while hiding under a blanket, as well as another duo caught on a Virgin Atlantic flight in a coach-class lavatory. The desire to have sex in a public (or semi-public) location is quite common. According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 82% of people fantasize about having sex in a public or semi-public setting.

In a survey of 11,000 people, 5% of the people surveyed have had sex on a plane, and 78% of people who had not had sex during a flight would like to. That translates to approximate 83% of all airline passengers who have wanted to check “joining the mile high club” off their bucket list. And, even though cramped, 59% of people who engaged in “in-flight activities” used the flight lavatory for privacy purposes. However, privacy was not a factor for 31% of people who chose to sex in their seats.

If you are reading this, you are most likely purchasing travel-sized hand sanitizer before your next flight. Whether amorous in-flight activities occur in the cabin seats under a blanket or in the lavatory, the sanitary or, rather, unsanitary implications are high.  Consider what your hands and other body parts could come into contact with, especially during lavatory sex. While in cramped quarters is it nearly impossible to avoid the toilet seat, handles, and other public unsanitary items, that can transfer bacteria by hands and fingers that go into each other’s mouths or genitals, or while putting on a condom. Trace amounts of fecal matter and urine on surfaces can result in E. Coli, Salmonella poisoning or a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

However, when it comes to contracting an STD, you are at a higher risk from not using a condom rather than the toilet seat. 

This is your captain speaking. Please fasten your condoms.

For an STD to survive on a surface or object there would need to be a significant amount of fresh, infected bodily fluid that came in direct contact with a susceptible body part, such as a deeply lacerated open wound or mucous membranes of the vagina, penis, mouth or eyes in order for an infection to result. Most STD-causing bacteria can only survive for a short period of time on a surface outside the body and cannot be transmitted by a dry toilet seat. And while it is commonly believed that STDs may be transmitted by an infected piece of fabric, airline passengers can rest easy that they will not contract an infection from their cabin seat or airline issued blankets. To read about other common myths about STD transmission on the STDAware blog, click here.

So what is it about sex on a plane that is so appealing to so many? According to the article, the physiological force for a person having sex in a public space is the added adrenaline rush due to the risk of being caught. Dr. Reitano explains, “The arousal response that is associated with danger can also heighten the intensity of the sexual experience” (LIVESTRONG). 

Although the risk of contracting an STD from surfaces or objects while on an airplane is very low, the risk of contracting an STD from the person you are with is as mile-high as the altitude the flight is traveling at. 

The CDC recently published statements that STD levels are at a critical and all-time high and should be considered a public health hazard. With over 2.3 million new STD infections in the year 2017, alone, the STD rates are showing no indication of slowing. The need for proactive and preventative sexual health measures is now more crucial than ever.


The majority of STD infections are “silent,” meaning they exhibit little or no signs or symptoms and are therefore spread by individuals who do not know they are infected. And early identification is vital to ensuring the quick treatment and management of any STD condition to prevent the ongoing transmission.

STDAware offers FAST delivery of test results along with no-cost medical advice. STDAware patients who test positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or genital herpes (HSV-2) will qualify for treatment at no additional fee. To learn more about the free medical support provided by STDAware, click here.

Wherever your flight lands you, STDAware has a testing laboratory near you. With over 4,000 testing locations, nationwide, getting tested has never been more convenient.

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The advice counselors at STDAware are caring and knowledgeable, and here for you. If you have any questions regarding your STD condition, testing options, or other inquiries contact us toll-free: 1-855-588-6958 or email:

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** STDAware returns most test results within 1-2 days after testing is completed. In the event that a patient tests positive for having an STD, one of the in-house medical physicians will attempt to contact the patient by phone to discuss the results. If after three attempts, over the course of one week, the doctor cannot reach the patient over the phone, the results will be released electronically for viewing in the patient portal.

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