April is STD/STI awareness month! Safe sex is so important to staying healthy and protecting yourself. You already know that (hopefully).
What you may not know is that, according to the American Sexual Health Association, one in two sexually active people will contract a sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25. If you don’t have an STD (or have never had one), chances are the person sitting next to you does or has at one point.
Though the numbers are actively decreasing, HIV is still something to be informed and aware of. According to HIV.gov, “more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today. One in seven of them don’t know it.” Once known as a death sentence, it is now possible to live a fully sexual life without fear of passing HIV to your partner.
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When faced with the news that you’ve contracted an STD, it’s totally understandable to get caught up in a tidal wave of emotions.
You might feel fear, shame, confusion, maybe regret. It’s a lot to process on top of whatever treatment you have ahead. There’s a lot of negative stigma often associated with the topic of STDs. We tend to hear a lot about how to prevent them, but not what to do when they actually happen.
With almost 20 million new cases of STDs/STIs each year in the U.S. alone, it is a struggle that’s very real! Although for as difficult as the journey can be at times, going on to live a rewarding life – sex included – is still totally possible with the help of a few key tactics along the way. Continue Reading