I’ve worked on controversial topics in the past here on my blog, such as cutting the stigma about period talks. Working on that collaboration was great, seeing other women and girls taking part and speaking up during the campaign. Therefore, when I was contacted about working on a safe sex campaign, I thought why not. It’s not usually something I talk about on here, but it’s worth sharing. Simply because your health no matter what whether it be physical or mental, needs to be checked. Getting checked for sexually transmitted diseases, isn’t something to be embarrassed about. Normalising the conversation about getting checked is something we ought to do. We all want to be safe am I right?
Being safe is an important part of life, whether that’s being safe in our homes or our bodies. Therefore, starting up the conversation, breaking the stigma around the topic without judgement is just something we need to do. At the end of the day, sex is a natural aspect of our lives, so getting checked out will keep you and your partner/s safe from any nasties.
Why get checked?
Like I mentioned, sex is a natural aspect of our lives, however along with that STDs are some of the most common health concerns worldwide. There is over 400,000 cases within the UK, particularly within the younger generation between 16-24, making up 62% of the cases (fpa). Casual sexual activities are high-risk behaviours that can expose a person to sexually transmitted infections/diseases. If you partake in casual sexual activities, you should get checked annually, to ensure you are not suffering with an infection, it also gives you peace of mind.
Who should get checked?
I mentioned that people who are casually active are at risk. However there are more people at risk and who should consider getting tested. Such as:
- those who have more than 1 partner,
- men who have sex with other men,
- those who have sex without condoms,
- women who are pregnant,
- those who have had sex with persons from an STD-endemic region, with or without condoms
- those who have been accidentally exposed to STD infected blood and blood products.
The STD Check
Although if you feel like you want to get tested even if you don’t fall into these categories, you still can get your bloods checked. The best way to do this is with STD check they only need samples of your blood & urine. While I know this may seem scary to some and cause many to worry about the test itself, it’s really straight forward and you don’t have much to worry about in the testing aspect.
The results may be a completely different story, haha. However, with STD check, they offer a quick results service so you won’t have to worry for weeks, like if you had gone to a doctors for the test. STD check has your results in just 1-2 days. Even better is that the results are emailed to you so no need to visit any clinic or doctor, taking the stress out of it. The whole process will only take a few days and gives you total piece of mind. If you are someone who has anxiety about these things and can’t physically talk to a professional, then this test and service is the right one for you. It allows you to check yourself and maintain your health all whilst being discreet; you don’t have to feel embarrassed about it at all. That is what I like so much about the service, as someone who struggles with anxiety, seeing a doctor is something I regularly put off unless I seriously need one. This test allows people like me to be safe and healthy without harming our mental health in the process.
How STD Check works
- Order test – Order online at www.stdcheck.com or by phone 1-800-456-2323.
- Visit a test centre – Over 4,500 testing centres. Tests only take a few minutes. Find a test centre.
- Get your results – Test results are emailed in 1-2 days.
It’s 2018, and as it is sexual awareness month this September normalising the conversation about safe sex shouldn’t be a stigma anymore. Just like the #TalkingPeriods campaign, lets start breaking the silence and speak up. Having these services available these days, means that more people should utilise them to become healthy and safe within their own body. Stop the spread of sexual infections and diseases and lower the statistics of STDs. #StaySafeSeptember