Sex & Your Health

Couple Enjoys Biking for HealthAre you wondering if sex is part of a healthy lifestyle? If so, you’ve joined a growing number of young adults who are thinking carefully about sex before marriage .1

No one wants to get a sexually-transmitted disease or infection (STD/STI). (Click here to read more about the kinds of STDs that are out there.) But many people don’t realize that the only sure-fire way to avoid an STD is by saving sex for marriage to an uninfected spouse.2 Condoms, for example, are not foolproof; in fact, they are absolutely useless against some STDs. In addition, your sexual partners can pass their diseases on to you before they even know they are infected.3 Put that all together and you can see that your chances of staying healthy while engaging in sex outside of marriage are very low.

Most STDs are transmitted either through contact with body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid) or skin-to-skin. Those caused by bacteria can be medically treated; however, any organ damage that has already occurred cannot be reversed. Other STDs, caused by viruses (like herpes and HIV/AIDS), have no cure. In addition, having an STD can make a person two to five times more likely to contract HIV/AIDS than an uninfected person.4 With millions of people becoming infected each year5—and going on to infect others—you can see why sexual activity puts you at a terrible risk.

For the sake of your health, you’ll be wise to dump the myth of “safe” sex and depend on the truth of “saved” sex with your spouse. Looking for ideas on how to preserve your sexual health—even if it means starting over after past sexual activity? Come chat with us. We can help.

 

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  1. Trends in HIV and STD related risk behaviors, http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797%2810%2900796-8/abstract
  2. CDC fact sheet on condoms and STDs, http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/latex.htm
  3. CDC Fact Sheet on condoms and STDs, http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/latex.htm
  4. Link between STD and HIV, http://www.cdc.gov/std/hiv/STDFact-STD-HIV.htm
  5. Incidence, Prevalence, and Costs of STIs in the US, http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/STI-Estimates-Fact-Sheet-Feb-2013.pdf