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Because I was once shocked to meet a 23 year old girl from Oklahoma who did not know this I like to repeat it often: Birth Control pills prevent pregnancy ONLY, they do NOT prevent sexually transmitted... read more
Because I was once shocked to meet a 23 year old girl from Oklahoma who did not know this I like to repeat it often: Birth Control pills prevent pregnancy ONLY, they do NOT prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STD)! 1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by age 25. You also can not tell if your partner has Chlamydia, HIV, Herpes, Aids, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhea, Genital Warts, Human Papillomavirus (HPV***) or any other STD just by looking at them or their previous sexual partners. Most people who contract Crabs (Pubic Lice), which you would think would be visible during a sexual encounter, often isn't and they don't even know they have them until the the sores and itching appear as the little buggers multiply! They may not have developed any symptoms yet and do not even know themselves, or they could be too embarrassed to tell their partner or they just do not care if they spread the disease to you or anybody else. Until you are in a long term, committed relationship it is advised that everyone use condoms, during every sexual encounter, including oral sex. Until both you and your partner go to the doctor and get tested you can not be sure neither of you has an STD. An average blood test or your average Physical examination (even a sports examination) will NOT discover an STD. Your Doctor must request special tests be preformed at the lab. Also, there are no cures for some diseases, such as Genital Herpes** and HIV* do not show up on your blood test unless you are having an outbreak or enough time has passed since you contracted the disease. Better safe then sorry. *HIV will eventually develop into the Aids virus, which is a much higher health risk and can cause death. **Genital Herpes can cause genital pain and sores during an "outbreaks", however some people never have symptoms and spread the disease to their partners without knowing. *** HPV can cause itching and warts on your genitals and the surrounding skin and it can cause cancer in women. 50% of all sexually active people will get HPV at sometime in their life!read less
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