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New House bill may make it illegal to spread STDs

If you have multiple sexual partners and you're unsure of whether you may have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), it's in your best interest to seek testing. Soon, it may become against the law to spread an STD to another individual in Arizona if House Representative Lela Alston has her voice heard, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.

Recently, Alston proposed House Bill 2218 to make it a crime to spread an STD in the state, such as gonorrhea or herpes, to another individual. Alston sees a responsibility for those who are infected to tell their sexual partners prior to engaging in intercourse.

“If you know you're infectious, you should not be spreading that around no matter what the motivation is,” Alston told the news source.

Of the STDs covered under HB 2218, HIV would be one of them. This disease is renowned for eventually leading to the development of AIDS, which can ultimately be fatal.

Preventing the transmission of STDs
While not everyone uses condoms while engaging in intercourse, failing to do so can result in the spread of STDs. Condoms are one of the easiest and most common ways to keep from contracting diseases such as herpes and gonorrhea.

However, it's possible to spread certain STDs through the exchange of bodily fluids during oral sex. For this reason, individuals are advised to maintain a monogamous relationship with an STD-free partner to keep their health optimal. Having multiple sexual partners can increase the chances of contracting an STD.

If you aren't sure whether you have an STD, it's in your best interest to seek screenings for the infections from your primary care provider. Blood testing can confirm or deny the presence of an STD in your system.

Many STDs tend to be asymptomatic, according to the Mayo Clinic. This means that they show few or no symptoms in individuals who have the infection. Asymptomatic STDs can be especially concerning because they may not be detected until they have already had a lasting negative effect on the body. Minor symptoms that may occur include pain while urinating and during intercourse. Conditions, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can eventually cause pelvic inflammation and reduce fertility.

Even if you don't have symptoms of an infection, it's necessary to seek testing if you have multiple sexual partners. If House Bills, such as HB 2218, become a reality in the future, a test may be the difference between freedom and jail time.