Sexually Transmitted Infections are still a major cause of ill health, infertility and complications during pregnancy. Get clued up on how to spot them and how to avoid them in the first place.We all know how it happens. You have a few drinks, things get steamy and you forget to use a condom. It's so easy to get swept away with the passion and eroticism of a sexy moment that you can often overlook the consequences of not using a condom. Besides the trauma of an unwanted pregnancy, you're opening yourself up to a whole raft of Sexually Transmitted Infections.The most effective preventative method when it comes to STIs is using a condom, so make sure you stock up regularly. If you think you have an STI, contact your GP or local GUM clinic immediately to seek treatment. For the rest of you, get clued up on the different STIs and their symptoms with our handy Quick Fact STI guide.GonorrhoeaGonorrhoea is caused by Neisseria Gonorrhoea, a bacterium that multiplies in mucus membranes and favours moist areas such as your cervix, urethra and throat. Gonorrhoea is spread through sexual activity and can infect other parts of your body, for example, by rubbing your eyes after touching infected genitals.10 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women show no signs of Gonorrhoea, although the symptoms include discharge from the penis or vagina, needing to urinate more often, a burning sensation when urinating and, for women only, bleeding between periods. If left untreated in women, Gonorrhoea can develop into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. If left untreated in men, it can cause Epididymitis, a painful testicular condition that can lead to infertility. To treat Gonorrhoea, a sample of bodily fluid is taken and sent for testing. If found early enough, it can be treated with antibiotics.Genital wartsAlso known as the Human Papilloma Virus, Genital Warts are extremely contagious. They are contracted by direct skin contact and can spread through penetrative sex or by touching infected areas such as the vagina, cervix, penis, anus and urethra. In many cases, the symptoms do not appear until weeks or even years after first contracting them.Male Genital Warts look like tiny lumps that stand up from the skin and are found under the foreskin, on the tip of the penis, on the scrotum and round the.
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Virginity is Very Important
As the students who saw her last week noted, it becomes increasingly clear during her presentation that Stenzel doesn’t like teenagers who are no longer virgins. The essence of her slut-shaming is as simple as this: Virgins are good people and non-virgins are not.
She claims that numerous boys have told her they plan to “fool around and sleep with every girl who’s stupid enough to sleep with me but when I get married then I don’t want that girl—who has slept with half the football team—then I want a virgin.” Her response to these foolish young men: “Why would a virgin want you?”
My favorite story of hers, however, comes when Stenzel tells of the 6’8” basketball player who ran up to her after one of her speeches to tell her that he was virgin. He complained that his teammates often teased him about his choice. “I said young man, the next time your friends start to tease you because you’re saving yourself for your wife I want you to look at your friends and I want you to say this: Any day, tonight, I could choose to be like you, but you will never again be like me.”
That’s right—once you give away that virginity you are damaged goods.
Oh, and in case there was any confusion as to what counts as being a virgin and what doesn’t, for Stenzel you lose the right to call yourself a virgin if you have had any genital contact. She refers to genital contact as the medical line over which you cannot step, and if you have stepped over this line, you’ve risked disease, you’ve risked disease, and you need to get tested and don’t you dare tell anyone you’re a virgin. Don’t you dare.”
STDs Are Going Kill You
Stenzel is not alone in telling young people that HIV is a deadly disease; with each passing year and medical advancement this becomes increasingly less true, but HIV is still scary. To remind her audience of this, Stenzel says, “And then there is HIV. We won’t spend time on it. It’s the virus that causes AIDS. It’s deadly. You don’t want it. Equal opportunity virus, hurting boys and girls the same. Death is death.”
In Stenzel’s world, other STDs are going to kill you as well, but first they’ll make you infertile: “Ladies, you contract Chlamydia one time in your life, cure it or not, and there is about a 25 percent chance that you will be sterile for the rest of your life.”
Not quite. If treated promptly, chlamydia will not affect a woman’s fertility. Chlamydia becomes a bigger problem when discount sex toys are left untreated and leads to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptomatic PID occurs in only about 10 to 15 percent of women with untreated chlamydia, and infertility occurs in only about 10 to 15 percent of women who get PID.
According to Stenzel, infertility is also a common outcome of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. To illustrate this, Stenzel provides this hypothetical story about an audience member: “You’ve found this girl you love. I mean this is it, all those other girls, they were just messing around. This is the real thing. Pull out that diamond, look her in the eyes, if you’re really cool guys you get on your knees, you say marry me—by the way, I’ve got genital warts, you’ll get it too, and we’ll both be treated for the rest of our lives, in fact you’ll probably end up with a radical hysterectomy, cervical cancer, and boy friend possibly death, but marry me.”
While I have to applaud her delivery, which made me laugh, this story plays fast and loose with the truth. HPV is ubiquitous; according to the CDC about 79 million people in the United States have it, and about 14 million contract it each year. Most people’s bodies will clear the virus without any permanent damage. Of these, about 12,000 women each year will develop cervical cancer. For women who are infected with the strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer, it takes 10 to 15 years for this type of cancer to develop, and with regular screening pre-cancerous changes to the cervix can be caught and treated before cancer ever develops.
If You Don’t Die, You Will Be Punished
Stenzel also likes to focus on the ways in which society is going to punish bad sexually active teenagers for their behavior. In one fascinating diatribe, she addresses all the male audience members as potential deadbeat teen fathers and says this: “The laws have all changed. Boys, I don’t care if your older brother, some uncle, or a cousin got away with this, it’s not happening to you. … We are now requiring in all 50 states the Social Security number of both parents on every birth certificate for every baby born in this nation.”
Then, she makes fun of an 8th grader who was so “cute” because he thought the government collected this information so the baby could know who his father is when he grows up. So naive, she laughs: “Money is what we are after and it’s men sex toys(http://www.sextoysbrand.com/sex-toys-for-men) going to cost you. … Let me make it clear, this is not a bill the state’s going to politely ask you to pay. We’re not collecting. It’s coming out of your pay check taken out by your employer before you ever see it.”
Yep, Pam Stenzel will personally hunt down any dead-beat teen dads and garnish their wages. The only problem is she is totally wrong about the law here. As I reported for SIECUS, women are never required to reveal paternity or provide the father’s Social Security number. In truth, unmarried fathers may have a hard time getting their names onto their child’s birth certificate.
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Dr. Mason and her co-authors caution that the study's findings are exploratory and will need to be replicated before any conclusions can be drawn about a causal link between childhood abuse victimization and addiction-like overeating. If enough evidence of this association accumulates, the next step will be to find ways to reduce the risk of addiction-like overeating among women who experienced childhood abuse. Women with histories of trauma who show a propensity toward uncontrolled eating could potentially be referred for prevention programs, while obese women might be screened for early huge dildos trauma and addiction-like eating so that any psychological impediments to weight loss could be addressed, said Dr. Mason. Of course, preventing childhood abuse in the first place would be the best strategy of all, but in the absence of a perfect child abuse prevention strategy, it is important that we try to head off its negative long-term health consequences, she added.