Who doesn't like a good discussion about sex? It's the next best thing, right?
I actually have a lot to say about sex. The thoughts have been rolling around in my head lately. I like sex a lot. At least I think I do. Or did. I'm trying to remember back that far...
No... wait, that's Christmas I'm thinking of. Which is fun too, but in a different way. It'll come to me soon.
Anyway, April is STD Awareness Month and Bloggers are Uniting to Talk About Sex. And today, April 25th, bloggers across the world are writing posts to remind readers to talk openly about sex and the prevention of sexaully transmitted diseases in an effort to remove the stigma of such discussions and to encourage everyone to get tested.
Did you know that:
- Some STD's, like chlamydia, have no symptoms? Most people with chlamydia don't know they have it. The only way to find out is to get tested.
- One in five people with HIV aren't even aware they are infected. In fact, a person can have HIV for years before he or she develops any symptoms.
- Testing is quick, easy and free in many communities. Call your local health department for details or better yet, click on the link (not the picture) below to enter your zip and find your nearest test center.
Several years ago I was the Executive Director for an AIDS organization. I remember my first day of work. I attended a class put on by one of our educators. She was demonstrating to the students how the effectiveness of a condom can be compromised by the conditions under which it is applied. Are the lights out? Are you sober? Are you, um...in a hurry? She concocted some exercises to prove her point.
When I came home that night my husband asked me how my first day of work went.
"Great," I told him. "I got to put a condom on a dildo while blindfolded. How was your day?"
I don't remember what he told me, but I know it paled in comparison.
Oh...wait a second. Brain cells are stirring...
Ah....yes. It's starting to come back to me.
I do remember and I DO like it. A lot.
So, uh, anyway, yeah. Be safe, be smart, get tested. Talk about it. And just to help you along, I'll come back with another sex-related post or two in the near future. And they won't be about STD's.