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Being Aware of Your Sexual Health

If you are sexually active then listen up. September is a good time to have an STD test performed, as it’s Sexual Health Awareness Month. The CDC recommends that all people between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested at least once for HIV. Anyone sexually active should get tested for all STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, herpes 1 and 2, trichomoniasis, and HIV.

Sexual Health Awareness

Adolescents & Young Adults

STDs take a particularly heavy toll on young individuals, as they are less likely to follow recommended safe sex practices. The CDC estimates that those aged 15-24 make up a bit over one-quarter of the sexually active population, but accounts for half of the 20 million new STD cases that occur every year in the United States.

Sexual Wellness for Men & Women

  • Use condoms in heterosexual and male homosexual relationships
  • Have healthy relationships
  • Address issues head-on
  • STD prevention and testing
  • Open communication with partner
  • Know your partner’s STD and HIV status
  • Self-exams (i.e. breast and testicles)

Whether you are heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, or however else you prefer to identify, it is essential you know you and your partner’s HIV status. There are options like PrEP these days that can make a sexual relationship easier.

Ejaculation Issues With Men

This includes:

  • premature ejaculation or, the inability to delay ejaculation until it is mutually desirable for both partners.
  • inhibited or delayed ejaculation, meaning that the ejaculation is slow to occur, or doesn’t happen at all.
  • retrograde ejaculation or, when the ejaculate is forced back into the bladder rather than through the urethra and the penis during orgasm.

Sexual Difficulties in Women

There are types of problems with both physical and psychological causes that can affect a woman’s ability to enjoy sex.

  • Low sexual desire. Lack of interest in sex or sexual activity.
  • Sexual arousal disorder. Difficulty in becoming aroused or lack of sexual response.
  • Orgasmic disorder. Consistent difficulty (or inability) to reach orgasm.
  • Sexual pain disorder. Pain during intercourse called dyspareunia, or with vaginal stimulation.

For some women, these problems go way past just not being “in the mood” and can affect a woman’s sense of well being and relationships.


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