Personal story: Kiaan
Take charge of your sexual health
"I was 21, in college and never had an STD before. I was sexually active for three years and my partner was careful. Eventually we parted ways and I met someone who I had class with. He seemed really cool and was very intelligent. One day I decided to meet up with him and he wanted to have unprotected sex with me. I was aware of STDs and told him to go get a condom even though he swore up and down he was clean. Eventually we met up again for the second time and I knew I should have worn a condom, but he swore again he didn’t have anything and he seemed responsible.
After having unprotected sex with this man, I was curious and decided to get checked out anyway. Two weeks went by and I got a call back stating I was positive for chlamydia. I was upset and confused. How can someone swear they are clean yet have something?
My advice would be to wear protection every single time and get tested beforehand for all STDs. Don’t trust someone just because they swear they do not have something. Take charge of your sexual health and be aware that it only takes one time to get anything."
What we say
There are lots of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that don’t have symptoms, so often people won’t know that they have an infection. It’s good to test regularly for chlamydia and other STIs – even if you don’t have any symptoms.
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