Horny Hornets

Horny Hornets: Don’t Be Silly, Wrap Your Willy

By Rachel Levy

Did you know there are twenty million new sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases every year in the United States? That’s a pretty big number, so what are you doing to help keep yourself clean? With Apple Blossom just around the corner, bringing with it, many parties with drugs and alcohol and bad decisions, make sure unprotected sex isn’t one of them.

There are many ways you can contract an STI, most commonly, especially in college, through unprotected sex. If whoever you’re having sex with is not your significant other (and both previously tested), then cloak the joker before you poke her. Most students on campus that have been tested are girls, but there are a lot of sexually active girls that have not been tested.  Unsurprisingly, most guys on campus have not been tested, even though I thought a few more of you guys would, especially the guys with girlfriends.

It was surprising to see the amount of sexually active people on campus that have not been tested, when STIs are all around us, and so common in college aged kids nowadays. Why aren’t people taking precautions to stay safe? Do people think they are so common now that they can just get medicine to make it go away?

Many of the guys reported that they never really thought to be tested. They show no symptoms, so in their eyes, they’re clean. Girls reasonings were a little different. Some said they were too embarrassed to ask their doctor. Another common excuse was that their boyfriend was only one of the first guys they’ve had sex with. (Girls, they could still have one, that is not a good reason.) Also, it’s important to note that girls, during PAP testing, unless you specifically ask to get tested for STIs, your doctor is not testing you. Those tests only find a few STIs, like HPV, so ask your doctor to fully check you out.

We all (hopefully) sat through the movies about HIV and AIDS in middle school and learned about Magic Johnson living with HIV.  But as a refresher for all of you about to have sex, remember HIV can be contracted in four different ways. The way most people know about is by having sex, because the virus can be transmitted through semen and vaginal fluids, but it is also contagious via blood and breath milk. Breast milk won’t be a big problem for most of you and there usually isn’t blood during sex (although, I guess if there’s biting there could be). AIDS is no joke, be sure to wrap before you poke.

If you’re responsible enough to be sexually active, you should take responsibility for yourself and get tested at least once a year.  All it does is keep you and everyone you’re with safer. It is the mature thing to do, and if you’re not mature enough to get tested, you’re definitely not mature enough to be having sex. Right now, we are the age group (under 25) that is most commonly getting STI’s. We have the power and technology to lower the number of us (currently 22.1 million) so why not start a trend and get tested? Remember sex is cleaner with a  wrapped wiener.

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