Sexual health is about having a positive and respectful and responsible approach to sexuality and a relationship. You can’t tell if your partner has an STD just by looking at them. Most STDs don’t have any symptoms, so a good way to have a safe and healthy sexual relationship is to go with your partner and get tested before you have sex.
A Sexual Transmitted Disease can be passed on from one person to the next through any type of sexual contact. Typically, penile, vaginal, sexual contact or it may be even passed on through skin-to-skin contact. Sometimes, people feel that oral sex is much safer, but you can still acquire STDs that way as well. Yes, you heard that right. You can get STDs from oral ex.
Any person who has unprotected sexual intercourse or is sexually active but not using condoms is at risk of getting a sexually transmissible infection. Regardless of the number of times you had sex or the number of people you had sex with, without protection, the chances of STD is very high.
For those who are sexually active, ways to prevent STDs are going to be using condoms every time you have sex, which is known to be the very common method today. But not only using condom but knowing how to use the condom. Some ways to avoid this disease is getting proper vaccination and HIV test.
Talk To Your Doctor
Your doctor is a good person to talk to about sexual health because they can help you as far as doing an assessment of your risk. Your doctor can be a partner in your journey during your teenage years. It’s the physician’s responsibility to make sure that we take a complete and comprehensive sexual history on all patients.
It’s important at the onset of the relationship with the patient to have their physician tell them that things maybe embarrassing. If your doctor is judgmental when you bring it up, then you really need to think about if that is the right provider for you. All physicians must have policies that are posted in their office to talk about what are the confidentiality issues. Confidentiality is really important. If anyone finds it hard to talk about sexual health with their parents, then they should definitely talk to a doctor.
Learning about sexual health and the issue around it make it easier to talk to a partner or partners. The more you talk about it, the more comfortable you get talking about sex. You can say no to a sexual intercourse if that’s going to put you at risk for certain diseases.
For the young people, you have a right to talk to your health care provider about your sexual health. You don’t have to be embarrassed. Your provider can help you figure out for which STDs you need to be tested, and help you figure out how to protect yourself against getting STDs.