Wearing a condom is an easy way to prevent the spread of STIs. Nevertheless, If you catch a sexually transmitted infection, it does not mean you are dirty or promiscuous. Old-fashioned beliefs about sex lead to feelings of shame, lower rates of treatment for STIs, and poor sex education.
Don’t be afraid to request STI testing from your healthcare provider if they don’t ask you about it. Any burning or pain with urination, unusual discharge from your penis, rashes, sores, or wart like growths should be brought to your healthcare provider’s attention for treatment.