Children might be the most popular STD, but they aren’t the only ones! If a guy asks if I am on birth control, my answer is “doesn’t matter, I prefer to use condoms.” I don’t understand why society has taught guys to think that condoms are for preventing pregnancy only.
Being a promiscuous woman, I try very hard to practice safe sex every time. I admit that I am not perfect, especially if I am drunk or high, but I try to always be prepared and make them aware up front.
My motivation is a fear that I get positive test results back, whether it is treatable or not, and I have to make that phone call to every possible guy that could have infected me or been infected by me. Now they have to get tested and tell their partners. What if they are married? Yuck.
Let’s say it were something common and treatable like chlamydia, once that happens you can consider your roster as good as gone! No one will want to sleep with you again after that.
Not to mention that some viruses can take some time before they will show up on test result. Most STD screenings are testing for viral “antibodies” not the virus themselves. That means your body needs to recognize the infection and your immune system needs to start fighting it off. Early infections or a weak immune system can delay positive test results, while possibly spreading it to others.
I will also take this time to recognize that condoms are not fool-proof and they cannot prevent everything. Herpes is spread by skin-to-skin contact and let’s face it, there is a lot of skin-to-skin contact during sex, even with a condom barrier. There are two common types of Herpes virus infections that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
When it comes down to it, sex has risks just like driving a car… You can educate yourself on how to drive safely, you can buy state-of-the-art equipment to prevent accidents and to prevent injury, but when it comes down to it, every time you are on the road you are accepting the risk that you could be in an accident and become injured. Do the rewards outweigh the risks? How many times has your car gotten you from point A to point B? Of those times, how many times have you been in an accident?
Sex is like driving a car. You can try to prevent injuries, but the risk is always there. The rewards feel pretty damn good though!