Reasons To Get Tested

Loves Comes And Goes, But STIs Can Be Forever, It's Time To Get Tested

One more step before the mistletoe!

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So I know it's a bit late into cuffing season, but it is information worth repeating. Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, get yourself and your partner tested before being intimate. Getting tested does not mean you are a prude or high-maintenance. It means you are making sure to protect your body and health. Because the romance may fade, but the STIs can be forever.

Unless you get tested and treated!

Most people may not realize that STIs are in general quite treatable, typically through the administration of antibiotics. Some, however, like HIV, are not treatable and can be life-threatening. While the stigma surrounding many of these might make you hesitate before getting tested, remember that the outcomes will be significantly worse the longer you wait. The earlier an infection is caught, the easier it is to treat.

Syphilis, for example, can be cured with a course of antibiotics. If left untreated, however, it can have major consequences later on. Congenital syphilis is a condition in which the infection is passed from a pregnant mother to her fetus. Rates of this condition are on the rise, with infants born with congenital syphilis at an increased risk for jaundice, brain problems, and even stillbirth or miscarriage. Syphilis is also associated with cognitive problems in adults who contract it.

Getting tested is not just about prevention. It can help you protect yourself and others. Some people might think that they only need to get help if they have clear and present symptoms, like pain, irritation, or bumps around the genital region. But STIs are tricky. Some of them can go days, months, or even years without having any visible side effects.

When those side effects do make an appearance, though, they manifest with a vengeance. Gonorrhea can result in debilitating pain while urinating, while chlamydia can lead to female infertility. However, even if you can't see them, you can still get infected or pass infections on.

Rates of STIs have been increasing in America, sparking no small panic. As to how they are spread, some (like oral herpes) can be transmitted by kissing. Others (like hepatitis B) are only transmitted through vaginal or anal sexual contact. But by practicing safe sex (i.e. wearing condoms, maintaining communication, getting tested with your partner), you can prevent and protect yourself and your loved ones.

Now, bring on the mistletoe!

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Thank You, Thomas Rhett, For Providing Us With These 9 Lyrics Reminding Us True Love Exists

If your ears have yet to be blessed with this mans heart warming music, you are missing out big time

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I understand country music does not appeal to everyone out there but if you own a radio or have an instagram there is no way you have not heard the name Thomas Rhett before. Him and his childhood sweetheart Lauren live the closest thing to happily ever after one can obtain in this world. Not only did they adopt a beautiful toddler from Uganda but they just welcomed an adorable baby girl. I personally enjoy each of their posts because it revives my faith in successful relationships. These are a few of his lyrics that reestablish my belief that true love is still out there. Ladies, make sure you find yourself a Thomas Rhett.

1. "Cause everywhere we go girl you're the star of the show"

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I mean come on thats just precious.

2. "I know that I can't ever tell you enough, all I need in this life is your crazy love"

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I feel like thats a pretty good trade.

3. "Every time we have to say goodbye I'm counting down until we say hello"

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If someone told me this I feel like my love for Zac Efron would rapidly dwindle.

4. "Girl that night was just like you, unforgettable"

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Who doesn't want to be told they are unforgettable on a daily basis?!

5. "Cause you're all that I adore, you're the one my heart beats for"

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Straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie? I think yes.

6. "You're a saint, you're a goddess, the cutest, the hottest, a masterpiece"

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Way better compliment than being told "your hot."

7. "Cause I've been waiting on her since the second grade and I wrote a little song about holding her hand now everyone wants to die a happy man"

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If I still loved my second grade crush I don't think I would be writing a song about true love.

8. "I could try to find her get it off my chest now, but I don't want to mess it up so I wish her the best now"

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This song gets me every time. He loves her so much that he would hold back his feelings in order for her to be happy. You get a Prince Charming and you get a Prince Charming!

9. "If all I got is your hand in my hand, baby I could die a happy man"

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I would not be complaining if a guy was writing these beautiful lyrics about me. (Thomas Rhetts really beautiful wife pictured above).

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I'm Learning To Appreciate Low Key Dates As Much As Fancy Ones

My boyfriend once told me he considered Taco Bell drive thrus and funny Youtube video binges dates, and I didn't really appreciate that until recently.

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When I was little, I had really grand ideas of romance and friendship. Older kids went on big fancy dates, with cute dresses, flowers, and spontaneous situations. When I came to be that age though, the idea of fancy dates became kind of lost on me, but I still liked the idea of big fancy dates if the opportunity ever arose. I'm one of those people who loves to create grand expectations for themselves, builds situations and ideas up before they even happen.

However, as I've grown up, started earning my own income, and learned to appreciate the person more than the setting, I've learned to appreciate the cheap, low effort dates for what they are, time with a person you care about a lot, with the added bonus of more money staying in your pocket.

My boyfriend and I are long distance, so a lot of our dates are just eating dinner together over Facebook video call and attempting to synchronize funny Youtube videos we can laugh at together. We don't get a lot of opportunities to see each other in person during the school year, so we try to make the best out of what we have. As much as I love the fancy parts of dressing up and trying new foods that come with what I guess would be considered more traditional dates, I feel more comfortable and relaxed with our low effort, low budget video call dates. A lot of that has translated into us being more comfortable around one another, something that definitely adds to our dynamic when we are around each other.

When we are together, we like to plan these big fancy dates, but we don't always follow through. Sometimes, having no plan is more fun than sticking to one for the whole day, and figuring out fun stuff to do together. Overall, it just seems like spontaneity helps us try new things and avoid just doing the same old movie date we like to do whenever we see each other.

My boyfriend recently told me he considers anytime we've gone to Taco Bell together a date, and we go there together a lot. At first, I thought this was silly, but then I thought of the drives we go on after or the times we've just sat there, eating and talking without having to yell over a hundred other conversations. Nothing means more to me than honest and open communication and discussion, so it started to make sense to me that we would consider all these drive-thru runs dates. We always seem to come away from them knowing a little more about the other person. Even if the food isn't exactly Michelin star quality, the relationship definitely is.

As a romantic person, I love dates of all kinds, but in finally learning to embrace drive-thru dates, I've remembered what the whole point of a date is. A date isn't for the cute, aesthetic stories, or a reason to get dressed up (even though I really like that part).

The whole point of a date is to get to know the person better.

Even though I've been with my boyfriend for about a year and a half, there's still a lot about him I have yet to know, and I feel like there's no better setting for that then when we're at our most comfortable. And sitting on our beds two states away from each other on Facebook video chat, or stuffing our faces with cheap fast food in a parked car in front of my hometown's lake seem like pretty comfortable places if you ask me.

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