GUEST BLOG: ALLISON GERMAN FNP-BC ON STDs
Don’t Be One of My Statistics
SEX. A lot of us have it, and a lot of us don’t. We all know (or at least should know), that the best way to have sex is with a condom. And this is why, the numbers don’t lie.
- In the past 4 years, the rates of chlamydia have more than doubled here at SUNY Oswego. Other college campus? Well, their rates have pretty much stayed the same.
- There is a general increase in the rates of genital herpes from Type (I) on our campus, as well as other college campuses, with approximately 70% of all genital sores cultured being positive with that type specific virus. We are seeing a decline in Type II herpes infections, but still, about 20% of the cultures we do come back with Type II (the virus that keeps giving).
- Nationwide, there is a very big increase in the rates of head and neck cancers, including mouth and facial cancers, from people having unprotected ORAL sex and coming in to contact with the high-risk (most prevalent and most cancer-causing) Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). In fact, if you’re sexually active, you WILL be exposed to HPV. The CDC states that it is so common that almost all sexually active adults will have been exposed to HPV at some point, or multiple times, in their lives. This includes men and women.
Alright, so now what?
- Obviously, if you choose to have sex, make sure you are using a condom. At all times! No exceptions!
“Consistent and correct use of the male latex condom reduces the risk of sexually transmitted disease (STD) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission. However, condom use cannot provide absolute protection against any STD. The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs are to abstain from sexual activity, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. However, many infected persons may be unaware of their infection because STDs often are asymptomatic and unrecognized (CDC, 2015)”
- Also, get tested BEFORE you have sex! Know your status! Make sure you talk to your partner about it, too! Never assume. (I have lots of stories to tell you about people who assume.) Get tested at least annually, or with partner changes, or if you have symptoms, or just for kicks and giggles. (315-312-4100 to make an appointment at Walker)
- Get vaccinated!! HPV vaccine is available and advised for EVERYONE! It’s not just for people with vaginas anymore, it’s also for those people with penises!!!!! We can help you get the vaccine, stop in during walk-ins 8:30-10:30am, Monday through Friday.
Please, don’t be one of my STI statistics……not only is it better for you, it’s a lot less work for me.
Stay safe, my sweets!!
Allison German FNP-BC