How at risk are you?
Are you sexually active?
Do you have more than one partner?
Has your sexual partner had other sexual partners?
Have you known your partner for less than one year?
Have you changed sexual partners since you were last tested for STI’s?
Have you ever had oral or anal sex?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you ARE at risk.
Remember, when you have sex with someone, you are exposed to everyone they’ve had sex with before you.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) are spread through any sexual contact including: vaginal, anal, oral sex as well as any skin to skin contact with the genital area. Many STI’s can go undetected because the large majority of those infected have no symptoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
One in four will get an STI in their lifetime.
More than 70 million people have an incurable STI.
Half of all STI’s occur in people younger than 25.
25% of sexually active teenagers has an STI.
Infection with an STI often has no symptoms.
Infection with an STI is possible without intercourse.
It takes only ONE sexual partner to be at risk if that partner has had one or more other sexual partners.
SHOULD I GET TESTED?
It is recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) that all sexually active people be routinely tested. A person should be examined and tested in a clinic or health provider’s office if they feel they have any symptoms that could possibly be an STI/STD. Getting tested is a good idea since so many STD’s do not have visible symptoms.
STD testing is offered free of charge at Life Choices. Call (989) 773-6008 to schedule an appointment.
What comes to mind when we hear this expression? Safe implies protection and security. Often we think of condoms when we hear this expression. Condoms do provide a reduced risk of pregnancy and STD transmission. They do not, however totally eliminate the risk of either consequence. Safe sex takes place in a mutually faithful, monogamous relationship (marriage) where there is no risk of STDs. Sexual activity outside of a married relationship impacts us in many ways. Condoms do not protect the heart.
We are also under the false assurance that condoms protect us 100% and are pretty much foolproof. There have been many improvements made with the manufacturing of the latex used. There is however, no such thing as a 100% effective condom.
Safe sex is truly defined as being in a married relationship after having abstained and with a partner who has made the same choice. For those who have been in a prior relationship(s) they need to be tested to make sure they do not have any STDs. Remaining faithful in the new married relationship allows sexual activity to be safe from STDs.