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Mar 8

Unprotected Sex: What are the Consequences?

Posted By iamincontrol | March 8, 2018

Your sexual health is important.  There are many myths you may have heard and knowing the facts can help you make an informed decision.

There are a lot of myths when it comes to sex and here are the top five myths.

  1. You would know if you had a STD. Many times, STDs don’t show symptoms.. That’s why getting tested regularly or after unprotected sex is so important. Ask your doctor or visit the following website to find a testing center near you: https://gettested.cdc.gov/
  2. If you contract a STD there is nothing you can do about it. Many STDs can be cured or managed by a doctor. Although we currently don’t have cures for some STDs – including herpes, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis B & C – it is still important to know your status. Your doctor or a local clinic can help you manage these conditions physically and also help you cope mentally and emotionally.
  3. Oral sex, is safe sex. Oral sex is still risky sex and STDs can still be transmitted. HPV transmitted through oral sex has been linked to throat and neck cancer. Condoms and dental dams should be used for protection during oral sex.
  4. If you use a birth control you don’t need to worry about condoms. If birth control is not taken on time or improperly, there are still risks of pregnancy. Also birth control does not protect from any STD.
  5. STD testing is for cheaters and players. The idea of getting tested can seem very scary and you may feel you are going to be judged. Sexual health is important for every sexually active person and it has nothing to do with how many partners or unprotected sex you’ve had. It might be awkward your first time, but being safe is much more important.

Remember that abstinence is always the safest options. Thinking about your sexual health can be overwhelming and scary – talk to a trusted about your sexual health needs.

To find out more about STD prevention and safe sex, visit: http://www.safeteens.org/stds/