So welcome to Sex Ed. 101 with your professor LadyNgo. If i can have everyone's attention for a brief moment, I just want to review a few things as i've noticed that some people, based off of twitter, fb, blogging, and personal conversations, have no idea how to protect themselves. And yes, this includes grown folks unfortunately. So if you'll please lend me your eyes and ears, we'll begin today's lecture. The topic is Safe Sex is the Best Sex
Myth #1: Wearing 2 condoms is safer than wearing 1.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, don't do it. The friction created when having relations with 2 condoms on will lead to one or (likely) both of them tearing. Condoms, though only used properly 2% of the time, are still effective enough on there own and do no warrant using you 2 at a time. Please feel free to slap the $#!+ out of whomever told you to "make sure you're strapped twice" If you are really that paranoid about getting knocked up, grab some spermicide (i can't help you when it comes to avoiding a disease)
Myth #2: I don't need to use a condom because im on birth control
Just because your partner says that they are only sleeping with you, doesn't make it true. Trusting your partner will not keep you from catching their diseases. Not to mention that there are some diseases that lay dormant in your system, there is no test for HPV in men (not one that's FDA approved at least), and just because Bobby tested negative on monday doesn't mean that he couldn't have gone out and caught something on tuesday. Then lets add to that that even if STDs are not your problem, BC is not 100% effective either. Drug interactions, forgetting to take a pill (if thats your method of choice), and other complications can get in your way.
Myth #3: The Pull-out Method Works
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, don't do it! This affords you 0 protection against STDs. Pre-seminal fluid often contains sperm. And even if it doesn't, what guarantee do you have that in the heat of the moment your partner will think to or even remember to pull out??? Not to mention all those dudes that just don't give a damn and will keep pushing to the very end anyway. Ladies (and gentlemen too really), it is not in your best interest to subscribe to this form of "birth control"
Myth #4: The Rhythm Method Works
This is not the damn 50s. Im mad people even know what the rhythm method is these days. But for the benefit of you all in the class that do use it, please stop right now and go grab a damn condom. I don't even feel like explaining this one. Please consult your biology teacher or your gynecologist. Suffice it to say, even "science" is not an exact science...mother nature can and will trip you up!
Myth #5: The more people you sleep with, the more like you are to catch a disease
Statistically speaking, yes. But practically speaking, no. You can only catch a disease from someone else who has a disease! That means you can sleep with only 1 person in your entire life and catch damn near every STD in the book. Likewise, you can sleep with 50 people in your lifetime* and never catch a thing. It's all about the precautions you take. USE PROTECTION! Get tested regularly, know your status. Demand that your partner get tested as well. Its one thing to know that you are STD free. But if you wanna keep it that way, you need to make sure your partner is STD free as well. You can't tell just from looking. (Man if i had a dollar for every time i heard "i can't tell you don't got nothing, you look clean", i'd have enough money to pay back these student loans! I assure you, if you utter these words to me, i will promptly put back on whatever clothes that may have already come off and head for the nearest exit!)
Myth #6: If i suggest we get tested, people will think I have a disease
Yes, and when you catch a disease (or get pregnant) those same people will still be talking ish about you. LET PEOPLE TALK. They are not the ones that will have to deal with the consequences, you are. If you want to play grown up and do grown up things, then you need to handle them in a grown-up way. That includes being responsible for yourself. I know for some, these are incredibly uncomfortable conversations to have but i'm sure you'd rather take the steps to prevent it then having to explain your sores, blisters, and failing health to your future partner(s).
Dear students, thank you for your attention and i want to close out with this: The only way to be 100% safe is to abstain. But if that ain't your cup of tea, it is up to you to PROTECT YOURSELF! Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to make safe and sound decisions. If you don't look out for yourself, no one else will!
Debates and opinions are always welcome but there will be no office hours or "extra help" to meet and discuss this matter! lol
*I do not advise anyone to take up the challenge of sleeping with 50 people to prove or disprove the notion that you can sleep with as many people as you want without catching an STD!