When To Get Tested for STDs

One of the top things that should be on your mind right now is getting tested for STDs. Even if you feel that you’re in a committed relationship and there’s no need to test, you should still test anyway. The truth is that we don’t always know what another person is up to. In addition, STDs can also take months, even years to manifest fully. That means that if you’re in a very new committed relationship, your partner could have contracted something before you two got together. It doesn’t have to be a matter of infidelity.

Obviously, if you are choosing to have risk aware sex with someone that has an STD and you’re using protection, you want to make sure that you get tested regularly just to see whether or not the infection has spread to you. When done properly, the risks can be reduced greatly.

It might feel a little frightening talking to a doctor about this, especially when you haven’t told them that you’re gay. You might worry that they’re going to judge you. However, the doctor’s job is to give you quality medical care. That doesn’t take into account your sexual orientation. You will also want to make sure that you’re checking with other clinics that cater to people form a broader range of lifestyles. Just because a doctor may hold personal views that are different from yours doesn’t mean that he wants to see you be harmed just because of those views.

Getting tested regularly is also just peace of mind. You don’t want to settle for just STD testing. Make sure that you’re really getting all of the other medical things tested. You want to be sure that you’re looking at getting your blood work done to ensure that you are truly as healthy as you can be.

The thing is that health is something that we have to fight very hard for in order to still have. If you aren’t careful, you could find that you contracted something that you just cannot get rid of very easily. Early detection and even early prevention methods could really save your life!

Is the Gay Community Really At Higher Risk for STDs

One area that seems to cause a lot of debate within the gay community is along the subject of STDs. We really don’t want to admit that our community has STDs running rampant, even though this isn’t necessarily a criticism that can only be made amongst gay youth. Straight teens are just as much at risk for STDs as anyone else.

So what you need to do right now is strip out the politics, the health studies, and the media and think about how STDs think about your life. You want to ensure that you are taking care of your body, because it’s the only one that you have. You don’t want to get caught up in a web of lies that can take away your health.

First and foremost, if you are sexually active, you should be getting tested — period. Don’t think that just because you can’t see anything on your partner doesn’t mean that you can’t be passed something. The reality is that some STDs can take weeks, months, or even years before it manifests in a person. You have to ensure that you are staying safe. If you feel that you might be at greater risk for passing along an STD due to a direct contact with someone that has an active infection, you need to be honest with anyone else that comes along.

One of the worst breaches of trust that you can think of is when you have someone that has an STD but doesn’t tell anyone. This is actually how STDs spread like crazy. You wake up to find that so many people have a disease that they can give you, and that’s not anything to laugh about. Would you really want someone to treat you that way?

If we want to reach for equality, then it starts at home. We need to make sure that we’re treating each other with respect. Hiding an STD out of fear is understandable, but it’s still not acceptable. If you really want to ensure that everything is taken care of, then you definitely need to start thinking about getting checked regularly.

There are many planned parenthoods and sliding scale clinics that offer STD testing. You can also check out GLAAD’s resources on the matter — a quick Google search reveals all of these points and more.

The bottom line is that we can’t just pretend like STDs aren’t an issue. In fact, if we treat them faster, we may be able to prevent more people from getting exposed.

It’s equally important to make sure that you’re not only disclosing, but you’re practicing in risk aware sexual safety practices. Safe sex is a bit of a misnomer — you’re never fully safe, but you are at least risk aware of what’s going on. You are aware of what can go wrong. You are using protection.

For gay teens today, this means that you want to use condoms. You can also use dental dams for oral sex. If you are using sex toys in the bedroom, they need to be used with condoms as well. There are non-latex condoms if you have a latex sensitivity.

Be sure that you are really taking this seriously. It’s your body and it’s your life — live it the way you were meant to live it!

Do You Really Have To Admit You’re Gay to Your Doctor

As you begin accepting the fact that gay life is part of YOUR life, there are a lot of different questions that come up. However one of the top questions that you might be wondering right now is simple: who needs to know? If you’re not comfortable with coming out to everyone, that’s fine. In time, you’ll be more comfortable. You can come out and stand proud as a gay teen. But there are some people that you will need to come out to first, in order to protect your health.

One of the top people that you need to talk with before anyone else would definitely have to be a doctor. Your doctor will need to know about your sexual orientation for many reasons. Let’s cover a few of those reasons.

The biggest thing that you have to realize is that your doctor cannot give you proper health care if they don’t know anything about your lifestyle. The advice that they give someone that isn’t gay may be different than what they give for you. They may be interested in running more tests if you’re sexually active, because STDs can and still do happen in the gay community. You want to always make sure that you’re protected when you engage in sexual activity.

The doctor does need to know, and they also need to know how many partners you’ve had in the past, as well as any partner or partners that you’re having right now. These aren’t questions that are meant to embarrass you in any way shape or form.

You have to think about it from their perspective. The doctor has a job to do, and that job is to protect your health. To be honest, you are probably not the only gay teen that they know about.

If you haven’t come out to your parents, you don’t have to worry about the doctor telling your parents that you’re gay. As long as you are engaging in sexual activity with people your own age (to avoid any type of conflict with someone that is an adult when you’re not), you will not have to worry about your privacy being violated.

What is said between you and your doctor is actually protected, and your doctor can get in trouble for saying anything to anyone — including your parents. If it’s an issue, you may want to discuss this with your doctor as well. They will go out of their way to make sure that your parents don’t harm you just because they find out something different about you.

Everyone tends to come out in their own time. But coming out to your doctor is something that you need to do for your health — nothing more and nothing less than that!

The Importance of Good Health As a Gay Teen

Welcome to life as a gay teen! If you’re been following along with many of the article son this site, you already know that we wish you nothing but the best of success in the days, weeks, months, and yes even years to come. So if you really want to take things to the next level you will need to start thinking about your health.

But why? Aren’t things going well for you right now? Well, yes. However, the future is always changing and you will need to make sure that you focus on your health for the long term.

If you don’t have good health, then you aren’t going to really have anything else. That’s something that applies to everyone, but it applies to gay youth even more. It’s much more likely for a gay teen to skip their physical than someone else, because they’re afraid that the doctor is going to out them to their parents. Of course, if your parents are perfectly okay with you being gay, that’s one thing. However, if you don’t have people that support you, being outed is probably one of your biggest fears.

Relax — the doctor is actually not going to reveal that information to your parents. It’s not something that puts you in danger, and it would just cause conflict. When you speak to your doctor, you’re protected by doctor-patient privilege — similar to when you’re speaking to a lawyer. If doctors were at liberty to speak freely about their patients, then they would end up never getting a patient to be honest with them.

Your health is important because you really can’t do anything else. If you want to enjoy your new gay lifestyle to the fullest, then good health is important.

Getting enough rest and avoiding stress is important. Yes, there might be some people in your life that really wish you didn’t come out to them, but the reality is this — who cares what other people think? The reality here is that life is very short and you have to make the most out of the life that you have instead of always hoping that things will be different.

You have to learn to be confident in yourself because no one is going to want your dreams more than you do. You just have to make sure that you reach out and handle things as they come instead of constantly worrying what people think. Stress is one of the leading causes of the classic diseases that many struggle with — you don’t want to go through that if you can help it.

Take care of you first and let the rest roll off your back! Good luck out there!