We’re not trying to scare you, but facts and facts. Each year there are nearly 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases are diagnosed. It costs the nation around $16 billion to treat STDs, and one of every two sexually active adults will get an STD before the age of 25. If left untreated, STDs can cause infertility and a number of other serious health issues.
It may seem scary, but it reminds us that we can’t be intimidated by STDs. When we aren’t intimidated, we can fight them.
Be aware and proactive
Sexually transmitted diseases can spread after one simple decision — to have sex. Based on who you are and what your history is, that simple choice can have a multitude of consequences. That’s why you have to be aware and proactive. These things are going to help you prevent the spread of STDs:
- If you are sexually active, GET TESTED REGULARLY. People don’t realize that STDs can be in their system although they don’t show any signs or symptoms. Get tested and know if you’re healthy or not. Don’t put others at risk because you neglect to do so.
- Be honest with your partner. Maybe it’s an uncomfortable subject, but let them know how many partners you’ve had or if you’ve been affected by STDs in the past.
- If you’re sexually active ALWAYS USE protection. We can’t stress this enough. Condoms are 97% effective in preventing STDs and pregnancy. Birth control pills do not prevent against STDs.
- If you’re uneasy about sex, simply abstain. This is the only choice that, when made, is most affective in preventing STDs.
It’s up to you!
We’re not here to tell you how to live, but we’ll gladly give you facts that help you make the right decision. The right decision is being aware of the risks accompanied with being sexually active. Don’t panic. You know the risks. Now go make the right decision.