Almost half of all new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among 15-24-year-olds, according to the CDC. *wowzers*
While this statistic shows Betties are disproportionately affected by STIs, it doesn’t spell out the power Betties have to redirect the upward tick in transmissions.
So we’ve learned all the whats about these infections. But that is only the beginning of learning how to prevent infections and protect your whole-self health. Let’s dive right in.
How do I prevent STI infections?
Betties, abstinence is the only way you can guarantee you will not give or get an STI. Otherwise, you need to be practicing these three:
Used consistently and correctly, condoms (internal + external) and dental dams can help you avoid spreading STIs and lessen your risk to exposure!
Positive sexual experiences are built on communication and that includes having an open and honest conversation with your partner about their STI status and the last time they tested before any clothes come off. Never feel like you are killing the mood for taking ownership of your health!
That moment between noticing that bump/itch/smell and making the call to your provider may feel scary, and we get it! Don’t shame-spiral, Betties: take a deep breath and take care of your physical + mental + sexual health by making the appointment! Whether you have symptoms or not, getting tested is the only way to know for sure. Even if you’re symptom-free, sexually active Betties should routinely test. This keeps you up to date on your health and can help make informed decisions!
Let’s revisit that stat from the top: 15-24-year-olds account for half of all new infections. Betties, we choose not to treat that stat as some staggering + unbeatable boogeyman of a figure. Instead, we see a massive opportunity for 15-24-year-olds to be the impact drivers in reducing STI transmission by taking charge of their sexual health.
If you’re experiencing symptoms, have questions about STIs or just want to get a check-up, make an appointment with Betty’s Co.
We’re here to support your sexual health as a stigma-free space for you to test + talk with our providers about treatment and prevention.