I am the point of contact for individuals who feel they may have exposed themselves to an STD. In addition, I also help those that would like to simply check up on their sexual health. I would consider myself a Health Counselor for those who may feel alone, or upset by the sexual decisions they have made. We are here to help in every way possible.
Giving individuals peace of mind is my favorite part about working here. Having, or thinking you have an STD can be beyond scary. I love to educate our patients, and to let them know regardless of the results, this isn’t the end for them or their sexual lives. I enjoy the education piece of it all, as well as helping one less person get affected by an STD.
We are spiritual-sexual beings all at the same time. It’s okay to partake in both, and to explore healthy sexual desires. However, you have to put yourself first; that includes your sexual health. Ask your partners for their (testing) paperwork, and make sure you have yours. Never put yourself in a position where you have to worry. Get tested.
“I’m not having any symptoms. Do you really think it’s an STD?” Well, you are right. It could be a number of things going on with you and your body. However, if you have come in recent contact with a person that you don’t know from Adam, it’s important that you rule the others “possibilities” out. A bump on your genital area can be an ingrown hair, a pimple, or herpes. It’s up to you to see what it is, and what it isn’t.
It is not the end of the world! I think growing up, health classes, and well-meaning parents always taught that when you get an STD –– it’s the end of your life. Technology has advanced in a way were most STDs can be cured with a simple antibiotic. The STDs that stay with you long term can be managed quite well, and you can still have a healthy and happy sex life. It’s not the end of the world –– just know your status so you and your future partners can make a sound decision moving forward sexually.