STDs Myths & Facts
He said he is clean. He promised he “never” does this. It was my first time.
STDs are no respecters of a person. Just because someone says they are clean, doesn’t mean they’ve been tested. They may think they are clean, but in reality, they aren’t. Just because you don’t see any symptoms of infection doesn’t mean the infections aren’t there. Some STDs have no symptoms and go undetected until you are tested. The incubation period of common STD’s range from 1 to several months after exposure.
Just because it was your first time doesn’t mean it was your partner’s first time. Even if your partner says it was their first time, how can you be sure? Every person you have sexual contact with exposes you to their sexual past, and the sexual past of everyone they’ve been with.
How Many Partners Has Your Partner Had?
According to Zava, a medical website, if you have had 3 partners and your partner had 3 partners, you have been indirectly exposed to 1,092 people and their possible STDs. Scary isn’t it? The more sexual partners you have, the more exposure you have. It’s just that simple.
Nearly 20 Million New STD Infections Yearly
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, half among young people ages 15 – 24. STDs are very serious issues, and if untreated, can cause lifetime complications.
STDs can be viral or non-viral. Non-viral STD? STDs can be treated and cured if caught in time. Viral STDs are not curable and are with you for life.
79 Million Americans Infected with HPV
One deadly viral STD is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). According to the CDC, 79 million Americans are infected with HPV. The worst part is, there is no test to detect if you’ve been infected. You only know if you’re positive if symptoms arise, or you come up with an abnormal Pap test. HPV is linked to genital warts and a variety of cancers including cervical cancer. Every year close to 20,000 women are affected by cancers that are linked to HPV. That’s a lot of women.
A lot of people are afraid to talk about STDs because they could be embarrassed or ashamed. You have nothing to be ashamed of and need to put your health first. Unless you are abstinent (not engaging in any sexual behavior) you are susceptible to STDs. Don’t wait, call and make an appointment today and know for sure.
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