For those of you who think that STD is
an abbreviation for Studs, Tats and Dreads... you better
STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease.
STI is another common term used to refer to the same thing,
and these three letters stand for, nope... not Safety Traffic
Inspection, but rather Sexually Transmitted Infection. No
matter how you spell it, they amount to the same thing -
the spreading of a painful and possibly deadly infection through
Teens can get STD/STIs. I mean, I have
to admit, until Oscar started reciting the facts on what can
happen when you start having sex, I thought STD/STIs were
something that only adults could get. I didn't know
the shocking fact that one in four teenagers are infected
with STD/STIs. So how do you avoid being a statistic? Get
educated by learning the facts.
The best way to avoid an STD/STI is to
abstain from any kind of sexual act, which means no skin on
skin contact at all. If you do choose to have sexual relations
with someone, you need to protect yourself. STD/STIs are transmitted
through skin on skin contact or fluid exchange. That means
they can be spread through vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex
and even by direct skin on skin touching if an area is infected.
To avoid an STD/STI, you must use protection, and even that
isn't guaranteed safe.
The place to start your education is by
gathering information from respected health professionals.
Once you're informed, the next step is to
talk to your partner, develop mutual trust and
have honest and open communication about any and all sexual
experiences. It may feel uncomfortable to begin with, but
talking upfront is better than regretting your actions later.
Be smart...be safe.
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