The sexual side of ourselves is important, but it’s also imperative to maintain the health of our bodies. While having multiple sex partners can be normal as well as a part of our lifestyles, we also have to be smart in protecting our health. Checking for STDs is the first step in nipping potential diseases in the bud, meaning less money being spent on medical bills and preventing symptoms from developing into full fledged illnesses. So bite the bullet and take the time to get yourself tested, especially under these circumstances.
1.) When having engaged in unprotected sex
No matter if it was just for a little bit, or if the condom came on at some point, the risk is always there if unprotected sex occurred with someone other than a committed partner. Go ahead and get tested to create peace of mind and prevent possible sickness.
2.) When Your Partner Cheats on you
Not only is this an emotional blow, but physically you are at risk too. You don’t know where that dick has been, even if you have your suspicions, so make sure to protect yourself from the unknown. Then kick that ass hole out of your life.
3.) When the details are hazy
We’ve all been there. We were really drunk, I kind of don’t remember going home with him, did we use a condom? When inebriated it’s especially easy to engage in unprotected sex as we focus on just one need and not practicality. Again, better safe than sorry, so get tested!
4.) If you have multiple sex partners
You may have seen the chart where it shows how many sex partners you’ve been with based on how many sex partners each of your sex partners has been with. It’s kind of scary, and partly accurate. With as many partners you’re exposed to your risk for exposure for disease also increases. Therefore, make sure and get tested regularly, as you are at a higher risk.
5.) When engaging in a new sexual relationship
The best way to ensure longevity of a relationship is to be up front and honest. Therefore, to secure the health of your body and emotions, get tested as a couple before you get in too deep. It gives you the peace of mind that you’re starting a clean slate and have nothing to worry about. So make it a commitment to know the facts on both of you.
After all these circumstances, still make sure to get an annual PAP smear, and check for other STDs. Some STDs take time to develop, and not to scare you, but sometimes they don’t show up for a couple of years. Men also are less prone to develop STDs or show symptoms for STDs. So protect yourself. You’re worth it.
Most insurance plans will cover STD testing, and if not, planned parenthood is also always an option. It may feel taboo to get tested, but it’s necessary, so go ahead and give yourself the health protection you deserve.