Letter to the Editor

April is STD Awareness Month, a great opportunity to remember that everyone deserves a good, healthy sex life. Getting comfortable talking about STDs and testing is one way to help ensure that your sex life is both fun and safe. Getting tested and using a condom can take a lot of the worry out of sex, but unfortunately not enough young people are thinking about STDs: half of all STDs are found in people under age 25, even though they represent only a quarter of all people having sex.

As college students, conversations about STDs can be difficult and scary, but it is crucial that we know our bodies so we can keep ourselves and  our partners safe. Getting tested is an important way to do this. Initiating conversations with your partners can feel weird at first, but this can help better the sexual experience by reducing stress for all parties involved. Sex, once you’re ready, should add to your overall health and well-being not detract from it. Getting tested and knowing your status shows you care about yourself, today and in the future. It might feel awkward at first, but taking charge of our health by getting tested is one of the most important things we can do, and it can improve our sex lives.

Signed,

Smith College VOX