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Heading Back to College? 3 Things About STDs You Must Know 

With school back in session, there are some things you won’t learn in class.

One is how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted disease. Although there may be some mention of STDs, it’s not a subject that is talked about enough.

That’s why it’s very important to educate yourself about STDs so you can protect yourself and your sexual partners from getting diseases while attending college.

Here are three things you need to know about sexually transmitted diseases.

STD Basics for College Students

1. Being free of STD symptoms isn’t the same as being free of STDs.

There’s a misconception that those with STDs start exhibiting symptoms right away, making their infection known. Unfortunately, this isn’t true, and many STDs go undiagnosed. Some infected individuals don’t show symptoms until years later.

That’s why college students need to be tested for STDs regularly. This will help you determine if you have an STD even if it’s been a while since you had sex last.

2. STD test results are the only way to determine if your partner is clean.

Just because a person says they are disease-free doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be tested. It’s great to trust someone but not with something as serious as your sexual health.

A good partner gets tested along with you, and they always use condoms when having sex with you, no excuses were given.

3. Birth control is not an effective form of STD prevention.

Birth control does not protect against STDs. Some people believe it does. It doesn’t. It prevents unwanted pregnancies. Condoms and birth control together are a college student’s greatest defense against STDs and pregnancy.

Preventing STDs on College Campuses

Protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases by educating yourself about them. Herpes, chlamydia, and HPV are the three most common STDs that you’ll find on a college campus. By avoiding risky behavior and practicing safe sex, you reduce your risk for STDs.

Have regular tests done and make your partner aware of your sexual health and history. It’s a way of safeguarding yourself and others against disease. There is no shame in being tested for STDs as many of them don’t have symptoms but could potentially scar your genitals and cause pain for a lifetime.

TEST SMARTLY LABS nationwide provide STD testing to individuals, including testing for STDs commonly contracted at college, such as herpes and chlamydia. Contact your nearest location to learn more about our services.

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