What to Do After a Week of Fun in the Sun…
You’ve caught up on sleep, soothed your burnt skin and are now getting back into the swing of things after your week of partying for spring break. But while your body is recovering, it’s also important to think about your sexual health as well. As April is STD Awareness Month, spring breakers should consider STD testing if they’ve been sexually active over the holiday.
It’s always important to know your sexual health status. Spring break can be a time when people let their inhibitions down and through alcohol or poor choices, they can put themselves at risk.
Here are some things you should know:
- Don’t get tested right away: If you have practiced unsafe sex, do not assume that you should get tested the next morning. It is better to wait three weeks to get an STD test. This lapse in time allows for you to get a more accurate result. If you are sexually active on a regular basis, it’s important to get tested every three months to ensure that you remain free of any STDs.
- Be aware that certain medications can interfere with your contraception. Medication such as antibiotics can interfere with the effectiveness of your hormonal birth control pills, and a recent study even found a link between excessive drinking and a reduced efficacy of birth control. This is because some women who drink excessively end up with hangovers, which in turn can lead to vomiting and thereby a reduced effectiveness of the pill. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/23/binge-drinking-the-pill-can-increase-pregnancy-risk_n_1375527.html?1332522917&ncid=webmail25
- Visit SexualHealth.com: Find a service that provides fast, confidential and accurate results. SexualHealth.com is a great service that accommodates one’s busy lifestyle. SexualHealth.com allows customers to purchase STD tests online, choosing from individual tests to full 8-Test Panels covering Chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes simplex virus 1 & 2, hepatitis B & C, and syphilis.
Appointments at local labs are same-day, and there are over 1,800 testing centers nationwide. Within 72 hours of testing, customers are sent a secure notification email that their results are available in their secure account online. Tests with a positive or abnormal result include a doctor consultation and prescription medication or referral services when appropriate.