Oh boy! I’ve definitely been there. Walking home in clothes that reek of bad intentions, stale makeup, and a definite need for a good long shower. When you get home, you get to clean yourself up. However, making sure you body is healthy is another thing.
There are MANY ways to ensure Safe Sex, and one of them is getting tested regularly.
Ladies, I’m speaking to you now. During your annual pap-smear, just ask them to test for all STDs. They don’t do anything differently than what they are already doing with the clamp, the swap and the really uncomfortable “scooch down a bit more” drama.
Gents, a cotton swab to the ol’ Johnson isn’t gonna hurt! Make an appointment for a checkup and ask for the swabby treatment. Trust me, it’s a lot of nicer than a prostate exam in 40’s and 50’s.
What if you want to be anonymous and not use your family doctor?
No worries, Love. There is a website that can help you find a testing center: National Testing Resource Centers
It’s a great site. I used it myself. I wanted to be tested for HIV after I read a statistic that women in their 30’s were the fastest growing number of HIV positive groups. It was scary, at first. But afterwards, it was such a relief to know that i was okay and that I would BE okay for my future partners. I felt better informed about my body and empowered.
I truly hope you will do the same.
This Public Service Announcement was brought to you by the Concerned Bloggers Association. If you would like to become involved, please contact Marleen Vaughan for more information.1. May, 2010 http://www.nursingschools.net/blog/2010/05/10-truly-shocking-stats-on-stds-and-college-students/
2. June, 2011 http://www.kff.org/hivaids/upload/6094-11.pdf