Safe sex is as important as buckling your seatbelt and looking both ways before crossing the street. As a Sexual Health Educator and sexpert, I receive a lot of frequently asked questions about STD myths and STD prevention. The gist is that STDs are a major public health concern. Although they are largely preventable, the problem is generally unrecognized by the public, so it's even more important to take our sexual health into our own hands.
Sex is a natural part of life and wanting to protect, respect, and understand your body is a given. Hence, keeping tabs on your sexual health is essential to your well-being. When it comes to STDs, knowing your status and getting tested periodically is a must.
Here is everything you need to know about STDs.
7. Individuals who contract an STD aren't dirty.
12. You should be tested at least once a year.
13. Even if you aren't sexually active, it's a good idea to start getting regularly tested.
This is because you will be on top of your health and get into the rhythm of regular testing and you will help normalize STD testing.
14. You can always go get tested with a partner.
15. Don't have sex until your doctor gives you the OK.
You don't want to go through the cycle of continually giving it to your partner visa versa.
16. You must ask your partner their STD history.
Contact your doctor or an urgent care facility if you think you contracted an STD.