Whether Cupid's arrow has struck you or not today, practicing this week's steps will help you build stronger relationships down the road.
Today, we're finally talking about your physical sexual health.
I bet some of you thought this series was going to start with condoms. They are certainly important, and you should practice unrolling condoms at home while you're bored. Practicing having healthy relationships is a hell of a lot harder.
Thankfully, you're an expert after just 4 days ;)
Step Five: Be Proactive
Sexual healthcare IS healthcare
You wouldn't avoid telling your primary care provider that you sprained your ankle because they aren't an ortho or sports medicine doctor, so why do we hide our sexual behavior? The more your provider knows about you, the more complete your care will be, plus, your doc knows you're having sex...
Get tested regularly
Many sexually transmitted infections don't have any symptoms, but it's a good idea to get them cleared up with some simple antibiotics. The only way to catch them is to get tested, so take the guess work out and make it a scheduled thing. Men who have sex with men should be getting tested quarterly.
Share your status
50% of sexually active people have had an STI, so if you get one, you're not special. It can feel scary to share with our partners, but it's a sign of maturity, and the other person will be thankful down the road. The sooner you get treated, the sooner you can get back to the fun stuff.
Have fun tonight, and this weekend, and next week. Whatever Valentine's day means to you, you've set yourself up for stronger relationships.
It's always a work in progress, and we're here to work with you. And don't forget, it's always healthy to take a little time for yourself.