Valentine’s Day 2015 is almost here! If you’re planning a date with your significant other, this means you probably have a to-do list that looks like this:
- Make reservations (or buy groceries if you’re planning on playing chef)
- Pick out a hot new outfit
- Buy chocolates
- Buy flowers
- Buy card
- Buy romantic gift
But if you’re planning on keeping on top of your sexual health this Valentine’s Day, there are a few things you need to add to the list.
Here’s what your to-do list must include this V-Day so that you stay happy and healthy!
Valentine’s Day To-Do List: Sexual Health Edition
Planned Parenthood’s annual “National Condom Week” is held on the week of Valentine’s Day for a reason.
When used consistently and correctly, condoms are effective protection against HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. If you find yourself with a new sexual partner on Valentine’s Day (no judgment!), then a condom is a necessary precaution against possible STDs.
2. Have the Sex Talk
If you are with a sexual partner and you haven’t yet had the Talk, it’s time to mention that four letter word (well, acronym): STDs.
You need to talk about your partner’s sexual past, such as if they have ever had STDs, how many partners they’ve been with, whether they are currently having sexual contact with anyone else, and the like. The more you know about your Valentine’s Day partner, the more you can better protect your sexual health.
3. Get STD Testing at ARCpoint Labs
After you’ve had a chat with your partner about STDs, then the next step is STD testing. Before you do the deed, it’s important to verify that you both have a clean bill of sexual health.
If one of you doesn’t, this doesn’t necessary mean you have to cross intercourse off your list — as noted above, condoms are effective STD protection. With STD testing, you can learn if you have any infections that need immediate attention and how you can best protect yourself against STDs your partner has.
ARCpoint Labs locations nationwide can provide accurate, confidential STD testing for you and your partner. Just find your nearest facility today and walk in, no appointment or doctor’s orders needed, no questions asked.