Parents used to have to worry about their teenagers engaging in unprotected sex. They still do. However, we are also seeing emboldened millennials who are not being as careful as they should be. It’s not clear why the sudden societal change, but it might have something to do with the diminishing fear of HIV and a great desire for as much gratification as possible.
Every once in a while, it seems necessary for community leaders, parents and maybe even the press to step up and issue a not so subtle reminder about the potential dangers of having unprotected sex. The following information takes an updated look at the potential problems people can run into if they choose to roll the dice and have unprotected sex.
Yes, in the heat of the moment, lovers sometimes lose focus and forget they have a responsibility to protect one another from an unwanted pregnancy. While it’s true very few methods of birth control are full-proof, there is one that’s 100% proven to be full-proof. Unfortunately, the thought of abstinence seems to be a thing of the past. That’s a problem because increased sexual activity also increases the odds of a mistake being made.
If people are unwilling to acknowledge the fact nothing is full-proof but abstinence, they are leaving their lives in the hands of fate. Assuming fate delivers the blow of pregnancy, the blissful participants are going to find themselves dealing with issues that are best avoided.
For the woman, the pressure is two-fold. They can choose to abort the pregnancy, but many women report having difficulties dealing with the elimination of a potential life. If they choose to go forward with the pregnancy, they have to deal with the impact the birth is going to have on the rest of their lives.
Yes, adoption is certainly an option. However, there are potential psychological issues a woman who puts her child up for adoption has to consider. That sense of loss might not ever go away. If they choose to keep and raise the baby, will they do so with the father or on their own? Either way, the act of having unprotected sex even that one time will likely have a profound effect on the rest of their lives.
Do any of these possible repercussions justify the irresponsible decision to have unprotected sex?
Of course, all STDs are unwanted. With that said, the world is still filled with people who are willing to roll the dice for a few minutes of pleasure. Like an unwanted pregnancy, some STD’s leave a permanent imprint on the individual’s life.
According to experts in the medical field, the occurrence of people contracting STD’s through casual sex is on the rise again. As indicated above, one reason for this phenomenon is a diminishing fear among millennials and teenagers regarding HIV. HIV is still a terrible disease, but it’s not the life sentence it used to be in the 80s and 90s. Without the press hammering people about the continuing presence of HIV, the incidence of amnesia about the disease’s dangers has given people a false sense of security. It’s still out there and still has the potential to be life-threatening.
As for other STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, they continue popping up on society’s radar. It’s unfortunate so many people see these types of STDs as nothing more than a nuisance. Sure, penicillin might be an ample cure, but there are still dangers associated with these diseases.
That brings the spotlight to more permanent STDs like hepatitis A & B. Both forms of this virus can be transmitted via sexual contact. Both types can be prevented with a vaccine, but hepatitis B has the potential of becoming permanent once the individual is exposed and contracts the virus. From that point on, unprotected sex during outbreaks will definitely put a partner at risk.
Prevention and Treatment for STDS
If you recently rolled the dice and they came up “snake eyes”, you’ll want to get tested for confirmation from a reputable testing facility. After detection, you can begin the process of getting treatment.
If you believe you might have been exposed to any of the aforementioned viruses or diseases, the responsible thing to do is submit yourself for testing as soon as possible. The last thing you want to do is unknowingly pass anything along to someone else when it could have been prevented.
Remember, responsible sexual behavior is the best way to prevent any occurrence of an unwanted pregnancy or STD.