We all know life gets more and more complicated the older you get. As you grow, the number of things you worry about also grows. Children worry about things like breaking their favorite crayon, or being picked last for kickball. As adults, we get the privilege of worrying about larger things like taxes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Life’s just not fair.
During the summer, there are plenty of things to play around with. STDs shouldn’t be one of them. Whether you have one sexual partner, or thirty, it’s important that you get tested regularly, and I’ll tell you why.
If you participate in risky behavior, such as: sex with multiple partners, unprotected sex, or IV drug use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a STD screening at least once a year.
Next Tuesday, June 27th, is National HIV Testing Day, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get tested. Luckily for you, you won’t have to drive far. The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department offers STD testing for low to no cost. Testing is available for: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, and HIV. Results are available within 1-2 weeks and all services are 100% confidential. Knowing your “STD Status” is the first step to preventing the spread of STDs.
The second step to preventing the spread of STDs is protection. Condoms are highly effective in the prevention of disease and infection. If you are participating in risky sexual behavior, adding a condom to the mix protects you and your partner. Condoms are available at the health department for no cost, and they are packaged discretely.
If you have any questions concerning STD testing or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our Public Health Nurse Angela Flowers at 304-265-1288 or visit our newly updated website at www.GTCHDWV.org.