There comes a time in a young human’s life when he or she will become intimate with another human being. That’s gucci and all, but it’s one of the most dangerous things a person could do with another person. Why? Easy. SOME PEOPLE ARE A LITTLE BIT SLOW WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS LIKE PROTECTION.
We’ve heard it all, haven’t we? “It just doesn’t feel the same,” “I’m on birth control, it’s okay,” or my favorite… “I’ll pull out!”
The subject of sex can get a bit tricky sometimes… It’s understandable. But the fact that here in the U.S people don’t care about safety as much as they should blows my medulla. Now I’m not making a generalized statement here, I am using the information that I’ve been given over the years through sex education, friends, family members, the media, notes in the sky, telegrams, smoke signals, etc.
Condoms are a necessity people… A NECESSITY. They are not just a rubbery substance used to prevent pregnancies, or to make weird smelling balloon animals. They are a safeguard to protecting your lovely reproductive organs and various other wobbly bits.
Personally, I think one of the main reasons a lot of people (specifically the younger generation) are afraid of condoms (or even talking to their partner about sex) is because they’re embarrassed. I think that somehow the society we live in has put it in our brains that talking about contraception is something to be ashamed of. We need to stop this type of thinking right now because we are shooting ourselves in the foot here. For instance, HPV is so common nearly every sexually active person will contract it in their lifetime. That’s huge!!! According to dosomething.org, 1 in 4 teens will contract an STI before their 20th birthday.
Things like this can be prevented!!
Now for the good part…
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PARTNER ABOUT SAFE SEX:
- Don’t make this weird… It’s not weird.
- Sit them down and go through the DUN DUN DUN…. Checklist.
A. When’s the last time you were tested and what were the results?
B. Do you have any allergies that prevent you from using latex? If yes, here are some awesome brands that make specialty condoms: Lifestyles, Trojan, and Durex! Boom.
C. Have you had more than 4 partners in the last year, and if so have you been tested per partner? (This question is kind of personal, but ties in more with the first question.) People that are sexually active with multiple partners are at a higher risk of obtaining STI’s. There is absolutely nothing wrong with casual sex as long as you’re properly protected. This is just a question to make sure the person you wanna get weird with has been tested after each partner.
See that wasn’t so hard…
Every time you become intimate with someone new you need to go through this. Find out what kind of person you’re going to be with. At the end of the day, the only one responsible for your body is you. Show your body that you love and care about it by being safe every time.