Now that school’s back in session, much of the community’s focus has been on the young tikes of Taylor County. I get it. They are the future of Taylor County, after all.
But it’s always about the kids, isn’t it? Sometimes adults just need a break to talk about adult stuff, right? That being said, this week we’re going to take a break from cartoons and lunchboxes. Instead, we’re going to talk about something a little more scandalous! That’s right, we’re talking about sex. Or more specifically, sexual health.
Did you know that September is Sexual Health Awareness Month? It’s okay, I didn’t either. Despite the fact that not many people talk about it, sexual health is an important subject to discuss. Yearly, the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS) uses the month of September to raise awareness for sexual health by sharing valuable information with the public. One of the main focuses of this group is to raise awareness on the spread of HIV/AIDS.
In case you didn’t know, HIV is a virus that is spread through body fluids. Once this virus is contracted, it attack’s the host’s immune system. Over time, the host loses the ability to fight off infections and disease. Eventually, if HIV isn’t treated, it can turn into AIDS. AIDS is the most severe phase of HIV infections and is fatal.
All that being said, it’s apparent why sexual health is important. Protecting yourself from dangerous infections such as HIV could potentially save your life, and it’s not that difficult.
The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department recognizes the importance of sexual health, and we offer a variety of services to keep you as healthy as possible including:
Sexual transmitted infection (STI) testing available for: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Tests are free of charge and available by appointment. All services are 100% confidential.
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment for a variety of treatable infections.
Contraception including: free condoms and various forms of birth control (Nexplanon, Depo-Provera shots, NuvaRing, birth control pills, and Plan B.)
Free pregnancy screenings along with education and counseling regarding: how pregnancy occurs, birth control methods, reproductive life planning, and pregnancy options.
The health department also offers education and counseling for teens/young adults regarding abstinence, resisting peer pressure to engage in sexual activities, and family planning.
All of these services and more are available at the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department located at 718 West Main Street, Grafton, WV. If you would like more information or help with scheduling an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call the office at 304-265-1288 or visit our website at WWW.GTCHDWV.ORG. Appointments are available daily and we will gladly work around your schedule!