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Don’t be Stupid | STD Advice

I know we blog about STD prevention a lot. And while the #1 way to prevent an STD is ALWAYS going to be abstinence, many teens and adults do not practice such protection. The reality is that we know why STDs are such a risk and a reality. Just watch Jersey Shore.

In the event that you’re living your life and “living it up”  – here’s some practical advice. Even if you are going to choose to play the field and put yourself out there, make sure you still play it smart and know how to protect both yourself and the people you choose to … play around with.

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We know you’re in love. But still use a condom.

1. Don’t have unprotected sex.

We don’t care if you don’t like it as much. We don’t care if you’re on birth control pills or have an IUD. That’s not the issue when it comes to STDs. STDs travel from person to person because of physical contact, so pregnancy prevention won’t prevent STDs from traveling. If you’re sleeping with someone and cannot answer with 100% certainty that they are the only and last person you will sleep with – get a condom.

2. Don’t assume oral sex won’t give you STDs.

So you didn’t go “all the way.” So what. STDs can travel via oral sex, anal sex, and more. While many STDs do travel genitally, some will impact your mouth and gums, as well as other uncomfortable areas.

3. Don’t necessarily believe the person you sleep with.

It’s not all that uncommon for individuals to sleep with people they … well … just met. While it’s fun in the moment, if you don’t use protection – it might not be fun in the moments, days or even years afterwards if you aren’t careful. It’s amazing what guys and girls will tell you in order to get you in bed. And of course nobody’s going to own up to having an STD when they’re on a mission. So in the event you play along and go for it – don’t be stupid and automatically believe them. Use a condom. You won’t regret it.

4. Don’t assume you don’t need STD tested.

If you’re going to play the field, you need to know that it comes with its fair share of risks. And while you’re obviously willing to take those risks in the moment, make sure to be smart once the moment has passed. If you’ve slept with multiple people, we recommend getting STD tested every year. Just add it to your calendar and make it a priority. Your general physician can run an STD test for you. Or if you’re embarrassed and prefer something more private (that won’t show up in your medical history) – you can walk into a wellness lab, such as local ARCpoint Labs, and request a full panel of STD tests. You’ll get tested for the full range of STDs.

5. Don’t hide your STD.

Say you get STD tested and it comes back positive. What are you going to do? The STD that you have will depend on your route for treatment and disclosure. Some STDs are treatable with prescription medication. Others aren’t curable but there are medications available to lesson its symptoms and reduce its spread. While it’s probably not the news you want to hear – the truth is that if you do have an STD, you need to let your sexual partners know. Your STD could easily become their STD, particularly if you’ve got one that doesn’t have a cure.

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10 comments

  1. Comment by Conveniently Natural on September 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    STDs are quite often the elephant in the room that nobody wants to discuss. But just because one ignores them, doesn’t mean the STDs will ignore them right back. It is better to take the precautions in this blog.

  2. Comment by Kelly on September 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Great list of simple rules to keep yourself from getting or spreading STDs.

  3. Comment by Conveniently Natural on September 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I enjoy how bluntly you put this, definitely gets the point across. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Comment by Pete's Pest Control on September 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    These are great tips for teens and for those who need a reminder just how serious and common STDs are. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Comment by National Property Management Group KC on September 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Great article. Practicing safe sex should be important to everyone. Make sure you and your partner are tested before deciding to not wear protection.

  6. Comment by Palo-Negro on September 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Most STDs if caught early can be treated. Nobody really wants to know, but knowledge is power.

  7. Comment by ARCpoint Labs of Miami on September 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great information. STDs don’t disappear simply because a person closes their eyes and wishes them away.

  8. Comment by Raynor Garage Doors on September 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    STDs are a real problem that could be easily managed if people simply followed the advice in this blog.

  9. Comment by ARCPoint Labs of Tempe on September 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Ignoring these guidelines is a sure-fire path to regret.

  10. Comment by ARCpoint Richmond on September 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Having a lot of different partners is a situation where you are putting yourself out there to contract something. Remembering to use protection every time will help reduce the likelihood of contacting an STD.

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