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Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

10 Things To Be Aware Of

By April 30, 2012

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At the close of STD awareness month, I wanted to provide a list of 10 things that every sexually active adult should be aware of.
  1. If you haven't asked your doctor for STD testing, it's probably not part of your standard health care routine
  2. The only way to know whether you have an STD is to be screened - and screened on a regular basis, if your partners change.
  3. You can have an STD without having any symptoms for years, or even decades.
  4. STDs, including herpes, can be transmitted even when a person doesn't have any symptoms.
  5. STDs can also be spread through oral sex - not just intercourse.
  6. You can make just about any kind of sex safer, if not 100 percent risk free.
  7. If you have been in a relationship for a while, and you suddenly start showing STD symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean your partner has cheated on you.
  8. There is no way to tell if someone has an STD just by looking at them. You can't even tell if you have an STD without getting tested.
  9. Men don't have to be the ones to buy the condoms.
  10. STD tests aren't perfect, so it's always a good idea to make smart, conservative choices about safe sex.

Oh, and one last thing. Don't let worries about STDs make you miserable. Safe sex can be hot sex. In fact, it can be even hotter sex than unprotected sex, since you know you're making an active choice to get in bed and have fun.

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