Pearls of Prevention
Let’s Talk About Sex
Did you know that a high percent of sexually transmitted infections(STI) occur among persons less that twenty-five years of age? For most of the students at Southeastern, they will fall into this age group.
But, this does not mean the rest of us can chance being any less aware. STI’s do not discriminate. They can strike any where, at any time, with anyone who is sexually active.
Sexually transmitted infections are any disease spread through sex (and yes, this does mean anal and oral sex). You are put at greater risk for becoming infected with every sexual partner you have. Many of us do not think about the long term affects of our behavior, but with sex, it is important to address these issues up front.
Many STI’s may have no symptoms, or very vague symptoms that could be associated with many common illnesses. That is why it is important to be proactive with your sexual health. Take the time to get regular check-ups, at least yearly, and always ask questions about the long term affects your sexual practices could have on your body. Remember, some STI’s can be cured but with every incidence of re-infection, you are putting yourself at increased risk for other irreversible damage/disease.
With every sexual act, you are putting yourself at risk (Did I say that already?). No matter how well you think you know your partner, always ask about their sexual history before becoming intimate. There are many things in peoples lives they won't address unless you ask them point blank, and their sexual history is one of them in many cases. Always protect yourself first. If your partner cares about you, they will want to protect you from unwanted pregnancy and disease. It is never out of line to ask your partner to be tested for STI’s before becoming sexually involved, but be prepared to get tested yourself. Respect for yourself and your partner can be wonderful for your mental and physical well being!!
Club Drugs: Ways to Keep Yourself Safe
- Don’t borrow cigarettes, or accept a beverage of any kind that you haven't seen poured. They could be laced with drugs.
- Never walk off and leave your drink. If you must leave it, throw it away.
- Travel/leave with at least one sober friend.
Watch out for each other!
Warning: Alcohol is still the number one date rape drug. Be safe, be smart, protect your future… noone else will.
- The only 100% effective way to prevent sexually transmitted infections is to practice abstinence.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections can be received through any sexual contact (vaginal, anal, oral).
- Latex barrier methods, when used properly, may help reduce the risk of catching or spreading many sexually transmitted infections.
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Condoms and other latex barrier devices are used to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Here are a few tips for condom use and storage:
- Practice using a condom before having sex.
- Use a latex condom every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex-remembering to put it on as soon as your partner is erect.
- Pinch the tip of the condom when putting it on to leave room for sperm, making sure to remove air.
- If you’re allergic to latex talk with your doctor.
- For extra protection during vaginal or anal sex, use a water–based lubricant. Never use oil–based lubricants.
- Store condoms in a cool, dry place, no temperature extemes, these compromise the condoms integrity.
- Refuse to have sex if your partner won't use a condom.
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Common Questions and Answers About HIV/AIDs and Other Sexually Transmitted Disease
- HIV The ABC’s
- Should You Get an HIV Test?
- What Is Safer Sex?
- Women and STDs
- Birth Control Methods & Myths
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