Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What You Should Know About STDs

If you and your partner are nice people, why do you need to know anything about sexually transmitted diseases?  On the other hand, if you are more of a freewheeling, hookup kind of girl, why not deal with it if it ever comes up rather than ruining a perfectly good half hour reading about something that might not ever happen?

Because germs are way more opportunistic than you can imagine, and they are also in more places and more varieties than you probably know about.

STDs are a natural phenomenon, just like earthquakes and tsunamis, and just as quickly as those Big Earth events can interrupt lives, a small, personal event like a potential STD could be staring you in the face (so to speak).

Start your mental knowledge emergency kit is with this quiz from WebMD  Called the STD Name Game, the quiz will throw you a scenario to see if you can guess the STD that might be involved.  Then, thankfully, there is information about what to do, what tests and treatments are available.  You are sure to learn something - maybe that you are a bit rusty on this STD stuff.

What about oral sex?  It obviously isn't safe sex, but what are the risks?  Since oral sex is often "get acquainted before we do the real thing" sex, this article, titled "Four Things You Didn't Know About Oral Sex," deserves a look.

But what good is this information if you don't know how to talk to your partner - new or old - about the risks to you both from those ever-present germs and viruses transmitted during intimate contact?  This article, "Protect Yourself," will give you the what and how to talk about it all.  All you have to come up with is the courage.

Hard to do?  Yes, but your health and your life are at stake.  You deserve a wonderful, satisfying, SAFE sex life.  Don't settle for less.

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