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2.11.2015

V-Day and Sexual Health- A PEEPs Perspective

2.11.2015
V-Day and Sexual Health- A PEEPs Perspective

So, Valentine’s Day is coming up, aka single awareness day, right? Well, regardless of whether you have that special someone or not this year, February is the perfect month to learn about sexual health so that we can all be more cautious.

A huge part of sexual health is prevention of STDs. Although not all are necessarily fatal, these conditions can seriously impair one’s health and ability to be sexually active for the long term. Additionally, a lack of treatment can lead to certain types of cancers, infertility, and pelvic inflammatory disease. So, whether you’re thinking about becoming sexually active, already are, or never have been, it’s important to trust your partner and make sure that he or she is healthy before engaging in sexual activity.


Approximately half of all sexually transmitted diseases annually, which is around 20 million, occur among those aged 15-24 years old, so that includes college students. Some common sexually transmitted diseases among college students are chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Sexually transmitted disease are primarily transmitted by body fluids, such as saliva, blood, and semen. However, intercourse is not the only way to obtain an STD. So, it’s crucial when engaging in any type of sexual activity to either know what your partner has or use protection, such as oral contraception or condoms.


Getting tested together isn’t something to be embarrassed about. Because you can know firsthand what you and your partner have, there’s no uncertainty. It’s also a great way to know that he or she cares about their own and your health.  


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