Get The Tea about STDs
March 3, 2020
At Truesdale, when we say “true care, no judgment,” we really mean it.
We recognize that your health concerns (both physical and mental) are highly personal. Believe us: there is no question you could ask our health professionals that would embarrass – or shock! – us!
So let’s get real for a minute about a subject few of us like to think about: STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). We’ve channeled some helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control to share here.
STDs pass from one person to another through sexual contact. These include chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis and HIV. Many show no symptoms for a very long time. But even without symptoms they can be harmful and passed along during sex.
You can get an STD through vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who is infected. Anybody who is sexually active can get an STD – even if they don’t “go all the way.” In fact, herpes and HPV are spread by skin-to-skin contact.
About 20 million new STD cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S.; about half are in people aged 15 and 24. Young people are at greater risk of STDs for many reasons.
- Did you know young women’s bodies are biologically more prone to STD’s than others?
- Meanwhile, many young people are hesitant to talk to a medical professional about their sex lives.
- Some young people have more than one sex partner.
One safeguard is using a condom with partners from start to finish, every time you have oral, anal or vaginal sex.
And makes sure you get the health care you need. Ask a member of our medical team about STD testing and about vaccines against HPV and heptatitis B.
We also know that it can feel better to avoid testing, than to learn you have something incurable, like herpes or HIV. But here’s the thing: if you do have one of those conditions, you can take medicine to treat the symptoms and often live a happy, healthy life. But you MUST always tell your sexual partners if you have either or both of these conditions.