What You Need to Know about Sexually Transmitted Diseases
era of the 60s free love is long gone. The threat of sexually transmitted
diseases (STD) has definitely put a damper on the flower children’s
ethos of open love. Nonetheless, sex is a wonderful thing that we should
all enjoy without fear or inhibition. It’s just important to be
safe and smart about it. Although it’s difficult during the heat
of the moment to think about the practical side, in the long run it’s
One in Five Americans has an STD
The risk of contracting an STD is astoundingly high. For example, studies
conducted by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) show
that there are 2.8 million new cases of Chlamydia each year in the United
States. Women are especially vulnerable to the contraction of Chlamydia,
and the rate of new cases for women was over 3 percent higher than that
of men. Of course, the consequences of this disease are extremely serious.
Without treatment, Chlamydia can lead to infertility and birth defects.
It is only one of the many sexually transmitted diseases that circulate
widely. HPV or genital warts, which is linked to cervical cancer in women,
Herpes, an incurable skin condition affecting the genitals, and even more
ominous diseases such as AIDS and HIV are prevalent. Protection is the
only form of immunity from these diseases.
How to Protect Yourself
Apart from abstinence (who wants to go that route?!), the most effective
form of protection from sexually transmitted diseases is a condom. Both
male and female condoms are effective but studies have shown male condoms
in conjunction with the use of spermicide to be the best and safest option.
Now don’t get any silly ideas ladies… if you are practicing
birth control, you might be preventing pregnancy but you are not protecting
yourself from contracting an STD. Using a condom 100% of the time is the
only way to properly protect yourself.
Some Tests Are Not That Scary
Another important thing to consider is testing for STDs. It might be a
slight nuisance, but getting tested regularly is integral to a happy and
healthy sex life. There are serious physical consequences related to sexually
transmitted diseases that go untreated. And, depending on the infection,
treatments can often be quick and painless. You owe it to your partner
and to yourself to be aware of the state of your physical health.
Now don’t be shy, go out and get your groove on! Just do it with
some smarts and protect yourself.
Written by Candis Hale
Candis provides online content for the Female Orgasm Secrets website (www.femaleorgasmsecrets.com).