Print

Your Life >> Browse Articles >> Sex + Relationships

Your Life >> Browse Articles >> Health + Wellness

Rate

VD: Valentine’s Day or Venereal Disease?

VD: Valentine’s Day or Venereal Disease?

Dianne McDonald | Excelle

February 09, 2009

With all the talk of love and romance surrounding Valentine’s Day, let’s take a minute to discuss sexually transmitted diseases, a topic still considered taboo by too many people, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated, in a 2007 report, that STDs are “hidden epidemics.”

Tragically, many women guard the topic of sexuality so much that they do not discuss STDs with their partners. No one wants to talk about gonorrhea, genital herpes or HPV during a date. How do you bring it up over dinner?

“The special tonight is linguine and clam … uh … chlamydia?’’ Buzz kill.

Timing is everything. Find the time for the talk. The topic can be challenging to initiate and bringing it up during intimate foreplay certainly equals passion-death. But the subject really can include life-changing information. Never discussing STDs and having unprotected sex can result in lifelong health conditions and even death.

Inform yourself. And inform your children.

Sometimes by the time parents have enough guts to talk about sex with their adolescents, it’s too late. A quarter of all teens have had sex by age 15, according to the Kinsey Institute. That number climbs to nearly 40 percent by age 16.

We women have to be proactive with our children and ourselves when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases. If I can transition the topic from Valentine’s Day to venereal disease, then so can you. STD risks can be reduced and avoided. The first step is simply addressing the issue.

Box of chocolates – $20.
Box of long-stem roses – $75.
Box of condoms – priceless.

Join the anonymous discussion & share tips on how to have this important conversation: STIs, You, and Your Partner(s)

Discuss other issues about women’s sexuality in Excelle’s Sex & Relationship Forum


Rate
Excelle School Finder

Save time in your search for a degree program. Use Excelle's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

Qq__20140825214759_max30
qqaiaa7 commented on: "5 Ways to Fix Your Man's Issues (Or Not)", about 7 hours ago.
Qq__20140825214759_max30
qqaiaa7 commented on: "10 Roadblocks on the Road to Happiness", about 7 hours ago.
Qq__20140825214759_max30
qqaiaa7 commented on: "5 Cover Letters That Worked", about 7 hours ago.
Qq__20140825214759_max30
qqaiaa7 commented on: "7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence", about 7 hours ago.
Qq__20140825214759_max30
qqaiaa7 commented on: "Women's Work Wardrobes Through the Decades", about 7 hours ago.
Qq__20140825214759_max30
qqaiaa7 commented on: "9 Questions That Will Impress Your Interviewer", about 7 hours ago.
Qq__20140825214759_max30
qqaiaa7 commented on: "9 Career Stoppers for Women", about 7 hours ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
hiddenchilli received the quiz result of "INTJ", about 19 hours ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
napadavid received the quiz result of "Your cover letter IQ is High", about 22 hours ago.