With the taboo of premarital sex almost all but gone, it appears more and more young people are having it. There’s also the thought that everybody is having sex, so you should do. College campuses have made it easy to get ahold of alcohol, increasing the peer pressure to have sex too.
Of course, the problem with all this is that most teens and young adults don’t know what the risks are in sleeping with more than one person.
to a The Mix survey, about 20 percent of UK people between 18 to 24
years-old acknowledged that they have no real idea about sexually
transmitted diseases or sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Martin
Godfrey said pop culture encourages sexual relationships with
different people but without any STI or STD facts to go along with
it. This, he says, puts them at risk of being diagnosed with an STI.
survey noted that over a third of the respondents said they’ve
never been tested for STDs. And, 44 percent of those third said they
didn’t believe it was necessary because they used protection. The
reality is that protection doesn’t mean 100 percent safe; they do
percent of those surveyed said they’ve never been tested for STDs
because they were embarrassed.
majority of the respondents said they’d get tested if they believed
they had a symptom of an STD. While that sound logical, why pay money
for a doctor if you’re feeling good, the truth of the matter is
that most sexually transmitted diseases don’t show any outward
symptoms. This, even though the damage is doing some major damage to
the body it’s infected.
said symptomless STIs are a real problems and people should be tested
for then to ensure they’re not infected and put others at risk.
imperative that all sexually active person get tested for STDs –
this is especially true if they have had more than one sexual
partner. Tests are done confidentially and are rather cheap, and can
be done in a doctor’s office or the comfort of a home.
The problem stems from the fact that most people don’t know how necessary testing is. This lack of knowledge is extremely alarming as the latest discovery of a new antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea strain. If ignorance meets the superbug, it could be that STDs will be as deadly as they were decades ago. Teens must be given the tools and information they need to protect themselves – even if they find the topic funny.
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Jenna Bush Hager talked of a message of hope, in light of recent events. She brought to light a message of optimism despite the AIDS epidemic and natural disasters like those in Japan and Haiti. Ms. Bush spoke in front of The Staten Island Historical Society about the importance of literacy at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn.
I've done my fair share of reading and research on the topic of HIV/AIDS. Mostly to educate myself of on the subject and to be able to understand the dynamics of the disease as a whole. Recently, I've noticed a trend developing among the newest infections. In the past it was thought to be a disease that afflicted mostly Homosexual men and IV Drug users. Over the past decade or so, there have been an increasing number of women diagnosed with HIV. In my findings a disproportionate number of women, especially women of color have been infected. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 62% of the women in this country living with AIDS are African American.
A global study has found gay men who faithfully take daily doses of the HIV drug Truvada can slash the risk of catching the infection by an astonishing 73%. Blood tests of drug levels verified that more consistent pill-taking offered better protection. Researchers say Truvada was used in combination with counseling, condoms and other prevention methods.