Sexually transmitted diseases. Sex is something we humans don’t love to talk about and a sex disease sounds even less cool.
A study from The Open Aids Journal found that one-third of 300 participants delayed seeking treatment for more than seven days because of reasons like “my partner would blame me if I had an STD” or “it’s hard to find time to check for an STD.”
The best way to know if you have an STD is to get tested. It’s a simple question with a simple answer so why is it hard to do?
Sex is a personal thing with a social stigma attached but we have to take better care of ourselves. One of the leading causes of STDs is being young, says mayoclinic.org. Khalid succinctly declares that the young people of today are “young dumb, young, young dumb and broke.”
Not enough 15-24 year olds are educated in this area so they are embarrassed to ask their doctors to check their urine for signs of sexual diseases or are simply unaware that sex can cause infection. The Open Aids study concluded that providing an at-home STD test would decrease the delay of seeking care and could be a strategy to prevent complications from untreated STDs.
When should you see a doctor?
If you are having frequent unprotected sex, you and your partner should get tested. This includes not using condoms and even frequent oral sex, according to mayoclinic.org. The chances of contracting an STD increases when you have multiple sexual partners. It is important to use protection and know that your partner is healthy.
You know what sucks? If you have had an STD you are more likely to have a recurrence. This means that if you get diagnosed with an STD and treated, you need to be even more careful during future sexual activity.
Some symptoms to look out for are: sores or bumps on genitals, painful urination, discharge from the penis, pain during sex, lower abdominal pain, fever, rash over hands and feet and unusual vaginal discharge.
STDs are easily transmitted without either party being aware, and some STDs show no symptoms. So the Mayo Clinic, the top ranked hospital nationwide, had a few suggestions for how to prevent STDs.
First, don’t have sex. Objectively excellent advice. If you have a problem cut off the source of the problem, right? If only Khalid’s lyrics weren’t so spot on. We got love to give.
Second, stay in a mutually monogamous relationship. Keep it safe and you’re less likely to get infected. Inadvertently, the Mayo Clinic is in full support of internet stalking significant others. How else are you supposed to know your girl or your man isn’t sleeping around and cutting the mutual out of monogamous? Having a smaller amount of sexual partners allows for less STD scares.
Third, use condoms and dental dams (protection for oral sex) correctly and consistently. Using oral contraceptives as birth control will not protect you from STDs.
Lastly, it is important to communicate with your partner about what’s going on below the belt. If you haven’t been tested since your last partner it is wise to wait to have sex before you get the go ahead from a doctor.
When left unnoticed and untreated STDs can become complicated and result in: pelvic pain, pregnancy complications, eye inflammation, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, heart disease, certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers.
It isn’t fun but it’s necessary. If you haven’t been tested since your last sexual partner, go for a check up and make sure you are healthy.
Sex is complicated enough as it is; let’s make this part simple.