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Safe Sex Tips
Starting college is probably the first time you are free from rules and parental restriction on where to go or who you can see. Don’t let this newfound freedom come back to bite you. Here are some helpful facts and tips to be proactive about your sexual health.
1. Each year there are 20 million new cases of STDs each year and nearly half of these are college aged individuals.
2. Women are at higher risk of getting an STD than men. One reason for this is simple anatomy. Women are more vulnerable because the vaginal surface is larger and more vulnerable than the primarily skin covered penis.
3. It is recommended that sexually active young women under the age of 25 be tested yearly for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. An STD is often asymptomatic and if left untreated can cause complications later in life such as pelvic inflammatory disease or a loss of fertility.
4. Many people avoid getting tested for an STI because of embarrassment or the stigma associated with Sexually Transmitted Infections. In reality, testing regularly is actually a sign of high self-esteem and maturity.
5. People also avoid testing because they may not have insurance. There are several resources available that offer free testing for free or a small charge.
6. Home test kits are available for around 100 bucks and can help you avoid any embarrassment. These kits don’t require blood. You just pee in a cup and send it in.
1. Regular use of condoms can decrease risk of STIs such as HIV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
2. Know your partner before sex, its okay to ask. The minor discomfort in asking will be much less uncomfortable than not asking and getting an STI.
3. Birth control is only birth control. Many people falsely believe that birth control protects from STIs.