If you’re American and you attended high school, you likely took a class called “Sex Education.” I don’t recall learning much about sex per se, but I do remember the gruesome pictures of STD-infested genitalia, presumably shown to convince me to maintain my already intact V-card. I still remember the horrific images of puss-filled sores and lacerated labias that successfully scared me straight, and still haunt me to this day.
I’m EXTRA paranoid about STDs, especially AIDS. So, you can imagine my shock when I read that, according to AskMen’s Great Male Survey (a poll of over 72,000 men), 61% of the men surveyed had never been tested! The results were further broken down by country, and in the U.S., a whopping 54% had never been tested! Seriously? In 2012? We all know the risks associated with sex, especially in non-monogamous relationships. So, again I say, seriously?
True, women must routinely visit the doctor far more often than men because of our complicated innards, and so it is much more likely that we will get tested once we start having sex, and routinely thereafter. But, still. Don’t men care to know whether they have “the clap” or herpes, or heaven forbid, some incurable, or worse, fatal disease?
The “what you don’t know, won’t hurt you” mantra cannot reasonably be applied HERE. Therefore, I implore you to take your a** to the doctor and get tested REGULARLY, not just when you get that burn or that itch, REGULARLY. We all know that condoms do not fully protect against STDs, so using them faithfully does not discharge your duty to get tested. Furthermore, it is possible to be infected and experience no symptoms at all. I suggest getting tested after each partner, if for no other reason than to know who to blame when your member starts dripping.
You guys know I don’t typically use profanity, but this statistic not only disgusted me, it put me on notice that there are hoards of people out there who are sexually irresponsible, and could care less about their own sexual health, much less yours. Be well. You only live once.
Why don’t men get tested for STDs? Why are men less likely to take their overall health seriously enough to visit the doctor even when nothing is necessarily wrong? Is a man who takes his personal health seriously (through diet and exercise) more likely to also be more proactive about maintaining his sexual health?