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9 Questions You Have About STDs

The truth about STDs... P.S. they're more common than you'd think

STD, Condoms, Sexual Health, How to Prevent STDS, How Do You Know if you have an STD, Questions about stds
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Three realities:

Yes, many consider STDs to be disgusting and scary.

Yes, STDs are very easy to get.

No, STDs are nothing to be ashamed of.

Are you having sex? If yes, then you should know what to do if you get an STD.

Here are some questions that college students asked about STDs:

1. How common are STDs in college?

Statistically speaking, about 1 in every 4 college students have an STD/STI. That means someone in your friend group has probably had an STD at one point or another.

If you don’t want to look at the numbers, just think about it logically. In college, the reason STDs spread is because everyone is having sex with the same people. One man can be asymptomatic and unknowingly give Gonorrhea to three girls in the same month. Each of those girls might then sleep with someone else and give it to three new people. The scariest part is that between the seven of them, none of them may experience any symptoms at all.

And honestly, it’s no one’s fault.

2. What if I have unprotected sex then later find out that I have an STD and I’m too embarrassed to tell my partner?

Sadly, we live in a world where STDs are shamed, and facing one can be difficult.

PSA: If you know you have an STD it is illegal to keep that information from anyone you’ve had sex with. Also, allowing someone to recklessly spread an STD is just fucked up.

The good news is that you don't have to actually confess.

When you go to get tested, if positive, you can leave the phone numbers of your sexual partners with the doctor and they will get contacted anonymously. Your name never has to come up.

If it’s a random one night stand then maybe this route sounds better. However, if it’s someone you personally know, maybe consider telling them yourself.

3. Where can I get tested for STDs?