New Year, New “STD-Free” Me
The end of 2017 is quickly approaching. And as we reminisce on all of the noteworthy events of the past year like the Solar Eclipse, Taylor Swift’s comeback, and Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement, we are also eagerly awaiting 2018 and what it has in store! We know many of you are already planning out your New Year’s resolutions that involve getting in shape, quitting smoking, and changing up your dating game. But is one of your New Year’s resolutions to be STD free? If not, we strongly recommend adding it to your list!
A Lookback at STDs in 2017
The year 2017 was full of ground-breaking news, specifically in the world of STDs. We saw an unusual rise in STD rates in all 50 states in 2017, and we know that the popularity of dating apps and lack of sex education were big contributors. STD superbugs that started to form a resistance to antibiotics, like Gonorrhea, also made an appearance. One of the most shocking pieces of news to most, however, was the return of the “19th-century monster”, Syphilis. Although Syphilis seems like a thing of the past, it made a comeback in 2017, and rates were the highest they’ve been in 20 years.
How to Make Being STD-Free a part of your 2018 New Year’s Resolution
Don’t let the statistics scare you! There are many things you can do to minimize the risks of contracting an STD. Starting with an STD-free New Year’s resolution for 2018 is an important step.
- Actually Stick with your New Year’s Resolution! Don’t be one of those people who say they’re going to get in shape as part of their New Year’s resolution and end up skipping the gym to veg-out on the couch and stuff their face with potato chips. Your sexual health is important, and it shouldn’t be something you give up on. Aim to be STD-free all year round, and don’t let any obstacles get in the way. We believe in you!
- Keep up on Your Doctor Visits. We can’t stress enough the importance of getting regular STD checks at the doctor. How often you should get tested for STDs depends on many factors, but generally-speaking, the more sexually active you are, the more appointments you should make. We recommend getting tested at least once a year.
- Condoms, Condoms, Condoms! Condoms are your best friend. Remember, condoms are the most reliable form of birth control in preventing STDs. They protect from both contact with bodily fluids and skin-to-skin contact (the 2 main ways STDs are spread).
- Be Open and Honest About STDs. If things are starting to get hot and heavy in the bedroom, don’t get carried away and skip out on the conversation. You should always feel comfortable talking to your partner about STDs because if you don’t, well, you know the consequences. An important part of prevention is education. You an’t take the necessary precautions if you don’t have all the facts.
The CDC estimates that each year nearly 20 million new STD cases occur in the U.S. Let’s make 2018 the year STD rates start to decline. Stay educated, understand the risks, and most importantly – be safe!
For whatever reason, we’re always here. If you suspect you may have an STD, contact besafemeds today, and we’ll provide you with private STD treatment in a quick and affordable process.