It’s the conversation that nobody wants to have. You think that it will never happen to you. You don’t want to talk about it because it is uncomfortable. You may even believe some of the myths out there. The truth is that a conversation about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) could save your life. It only takes one time for you to get an STD that will affect the rest of your life.
Educate yourself and your children:
As a parent it is your job to teach your children about STDs. If you don’t sit down to have a ten minute talk, even if it is uncomfortable, you could be leading your child to their death. Nobody is going to educate your child for you. Planned Parenthood states that “It’s best to start talking with children about sexuality in early childhood – but it’s never too late.” You pave the road for your child by teaching them about what is okay and not okay, protection, STDs, pregnancy and more. If you are older and have had nobody tell you about healthy sexual activities then it is important that you educate yourself. Take the attitude of your body being a temple and you want to make sure that you are not harming it. You would never jump off a bridge and hope for water instead of pavement so don’t have unprotected sex and hope that you won’t be infected. Never believe someone who says that they have been tested. Always protect yourself and don’t count on someone else to do it for you.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
Sexually transmitted diseases can take on many different forms and symptoms; there is not just one common STD but many, and they can affect anyone who is sexually active. Once you are infected with an STD you have to live with it for the rest of your life. Some diseases can be cured, some can be managed and some can eventually lead to an early death.
According to the Huffington Post:
- Women are three times more likely to contract an STD then men.
- One in two sexually active people will contract an STD by age 25.
- Every year there are more then 19 million new cases.
- Left untreated, STDs can lead to infertility, an increased risk of cancer or even death.
- More then 50% of people will contract Human papillomavirus vaccines (HPV) at some point during their lives.
Getting tested annually is a huge part of protecting yourself. Nothing is one hundred percent protection, besides abstinence. Express Healthcare offers complete STD testing and can also talk to you about being healthy whilst sexually active. It is very common for people to go to a healthcare clinic for testing. You are among professional people who care about your well being and you have nothing to be embarrassed about; rather you should be proud that you have taken the initiative to stay healthy. Always use a latex condom when having sex and stay in monogamous relationships.
What are examples of STDs?
- Syphilis screening
The effects of sexually transmitted diseases can last a lifetime. Take the time to protect and educate yourself and talk to your healthcare provider about STDs and birth control. Take your health and life into your own hands and help educate others.
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