S E X..... A LOADed TOPIC
Let’s face it; sex talk is almost as taboo as slamming, snorting or smoking dope. But, the simple fact is people have sex, a lot of sex and a lot of raw-dogging at that.
Did you know, in 2017, 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed? That is 200,000 more cases than 2016! That being said, this number is from people who actually got tested; most people aren’t aware they even have an STD (sexually transmitted disease) because they don’t have symptoms.
Sex is supposed to be fun, feel good, and consensual! So, I want to provide some hot tips to keep it that way.
To use a condom or to not use a condom? That is the question:
Yeah condoms are great, to protect us from STDs and unwanted pregnancies, but based on the 2.3 million STD cases from last year, not many of us like to use them. I guess that is an assumption, but from personal experience and the many conversations I have had, I think it is a safe assumption. So, if you are one of the many people who don’t use condoms every time you have sex, lets talk about some other ways you can reduce your risk and empower yourself to take control of your sexual health.
1. Regular Testing
Don’t assume you are getting tested for any STD, let alone all STDs when you go to your doctor or clinic. These are very specific tests and must be requested by you at the time of your appointment. Don’t assume, just because you urinated in a cup, you are going to be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Just because you had your blood drawn does not mean you will automatically be tested for syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B or Herpes; the list can go on and on…
Also, something to keep in mind, chlamydia and gonorrhea are “site specific”, meaning you can have an infection in your throat (from going down on someone), rectum (from receiving anal sex), and of course in the vagina or penis. So… where ever you are swapping fluids make sure to have those areas tested/swabbed.
If you are getting down with more than one partner… at a time or on separate occasions, I suggest testing at least twice a year or more depending on how much fun you are having.
I even tell people who are in long term monogamous relationships, to test at least once a year, because you are the only one that can truly protect yourself!
2. Lube, Lube and MORE Lube
Why lube? Well, because it makes for a smoother ride and reduces tearing and abrasions that can occur during sex; which you may not even notice. However, these tears and/or abrasions are a direct line into your bloodstream, leaving you at risk for infections such as HIV and hepatitis.
Talk with your partner(s) about the last time they were tested. I know, I know easier said than done. It can be an awkward conversation; but I look at it this way, if you don’t mind being butt ass naked in some crazy contorted position, then this is a conversation that can come easily.
Getting vaccinated for HPV and Hepatitis A and B, is a great way to protect yourself.
5. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
Also known as PrEP, this is a prescription medication, taken once a day to reduce your risk of contracting HIV by more than 90%
Use condoms, if possible with unknown partners. I am sure many of us have been here before, night out partying, and you find yourself with a hottie you have never met before and probably won’t see again. This is probably the best time to use a condom
I could go on and on about sex, but I think I will just start here. Below are some links with additional information.
Have fun, enjoy yourself and protect yourself!
If you have questions for me or a topic you would like to see discussed on here, email me NurseNaughty.OVR@gmail.com
Let’s get these conversations started!
Bye for now!