Last week’s topic of sexual health was very… interesting. For some of us, talking about sex in an auditorium of 100+ students is not the easiest thing. So, hearing Adam make that joke in the first 5 minutes of class was very surprising. It kind of made me realize that it is completely okay to talk about sex so publicly, especially when it comes to discussing sexual health. That’s when the real learning began.
First off, I did not know that scare tactics never work. As soon as I learned that all it takes is one time to get pregnant or contract an STI which can slow down all of the plans I have for my future, I was pretty convinced that I shouldn’t have sex until marriage. However, those aren’t really precautions we think about daily. Let’s be honest, how many times do we think about a car crash when we hop in a car. I certainly didn’t think about E. coli when I scraped the batter of my mom’s pound cake from the bowl. We encounter numerous risks daily, we know about most of these risks, but none of us are walking around in giant bubbles. Why? Because people are gonna do whatever the hell they want, which is exactly why scare-tactics never work!
That is exactly why schools should have comprehensive based sexual education. Even for people who are committed to practicing abstinence until marriage, NO ONE IS PERFECT and sometimes things don’t go as planned. That is why everyone needs to be taught the many ways to stay safe. Another way to improve sexual health is to get rid of the idea that talking about sex is taboo. Just like we would educate ourselves in biology, educating ourselves in sexual health is no different. People are still ignorant in sexual health and contracting STIs because no one is talking about it.
More than half of all people will contract an STI at some point in their life. Can you imagine how these numbers would change if we just talked about sex? STIs can be spread way too easily by an activity that a lot of people love doing. Sex doesn’t just affect the people doing the deed at the time, but the possible future sexual partners, or even the children infected women give birth to. This is why sexual health is so important.
Finally, what are some of the sexual health myths (funny or not) that you have heard, and what made them wrong?