Sexual Health

 

Sexual healthSome of the first questions you ask potential lovers involve their sexual health. However sexy death may seem to some people, few of us want to die of sex.

Top of the list of sexual killers is HIV/AIDS. Around 18,000 U.S. citizens die yearly of AIDS-related causes, and around 56,000 become newly infected each year. Over 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. Worldwide, 33.3 million people are living with HIV, 22.5 million in sub-Saharan Africa.

The best regimen to prevent HIV/AIDS infection is to use condoms for penetrative sex. It’s a good idea to get tested for the virus if you have sex with multiple partners. Nowadays there are two types of HIV test, one that tests blood or saliva for antibodies and one that checks for HIV antigen, a protein produced by the virus immediately after infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, the first type isn’t accurate immediately after infection because takes it up to 12 weeks and in rare cases six months for your body to develop the antibodies. The HIV antigen test can confirm a diagnosis within days of infection.

Besides HIV/AIDS, the other sexually transmitted diseases most likely to kill have cures, but the chronic and incurable STDs herpes and genital warts (HPV) have links to cancer. If you have sex with multiple partners, the best approach is to get tested regularly.

How about some good news? Once you prevent disease transmission and unwanted pregnancy, sex is nothing but good for you! Regular sex has been proven to make you smarter and look younger, and it may make you live longer as well. More time for sex!