Student Sexual Health and Responsibility
One of the most important things for TALK international students is to learn about proper sexual health while they are studying at college. Past studies have shown that between 20%-25% of college students have been infected with an STD (sexually transmitted disease) at some point during their college years. For those who plan to be sexually active while studying in college it is best to know the risks and the ways to keep you safe at all times. Remember, one night can change your life forever if you are not careful. Here is sexual health advice that every college student needs to know.
Birth Control: When it comes to birth control, there are 2 types: non-hormonal and hormonal. The hormonal approach may include injections, oral contraceptives, implanon, hormonal intra-uterine devices, patches, and nuva rings. Non-hormonal practices comprise of diaphragms, contraceptive sponges, condoms for males and females, non-hormonal intra-uterine devices, and spermicide. Before deciding which is best for you, research each one, talk to your doctor, talk to your friends to get an idea of which form of contraception has the least side-affects for you.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STD: STDs are diseases which are transmitted during any type of direct sexual contact without protection. There are several different types of STDs and these include:
These diseases are easily transmitted and may stay in the body for years before detection occurs. To help reduce your risk of contracting these diseases, the best advice is that you always wear protection.
Sexual Health Tips for Students
If you are planning to be intimate with your partner, you should always use a condom. There is no excuse, as women, too, can keep male condoms in their purse in case of any unexpected encounter. Don’t always expect your partner to carry protection. The best way to keep yourself protected is by carrying your own, and by refusing anyone who doesn’t have any or doesn’t want to use any. You also avoid any unwanted pregnancies.
Another way to keep your sexual health sound is to limit the number of your sexual partners. Students who are in contact with many sexual partners will be more at risk of contracting STD’s.
If you really want to feel safe with your partner you can get tested for STDs before taking your relationship further. This is the best way to know that both of you have not transmittable sexual diseases.