Are There Any Risks?
January 26th 2017
You are young. You feel invincible. The phrase, “fly by the seat of your pants” is your life’s motto. While fun in theory, this carefree way of living can have its risks and sometimes its consequences. Relationships and sex are a big deal. We live in a culture that promotes multiple partners and casual hook-ups. What our culture neglects to share with us, however, is that with this mentality can come some not-so-fun realities. One of those realities is STDs.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases are an epidemic. In the 1980s there were only two STDs, Gonorrhea and Syphilis. Today there are over 25 different STDs, some with multiple strains, and many because they are viral diseases have no cure.
Yikes. Here are a few more staggering facts.
Chlamydia is the number one reported STD to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Being a bacterial STD, it’s easy to cure with antibiotics. However, most people who have Chlamydia don’t have signs or symptoms, and if left untreated Chlamydia can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (which can lead to infertility). Gonorrhea is the runner up, coming in as the second most common bacterial STD! (Hooray?) Many people report no signs or symptoms of this disease either. And Gonorrhea is becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics prescribed to treat it. Well that’s no fun now is it?
But we use protection!
Sure condoms can prevent these two “popular” STDs. That is if you use a condom correctly, every time. The only 100% effective way to prevent Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is abstinence. Not a popular choice, but one that could help you steer clear of the two most popular STDs out there.
Pregnancy Resource Center offers free, confidential testing for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. If you have had sex, even if you don’t feel sick, get tested. Because You Matter and so does your health!
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Monday and Wednesday 10-6 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-4 pm.
STD facts and information obtained from Center for Disease Control and Prevention.