STD Testing, Feminine Health, and Safer Sex

Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases and/or sexually transmitted infections is a very important decision to make as an adult. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, it is always a good idea to get tested. At Framingham State University our health center at Foster Hall has trained nurses that can help you get tested for STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The health center could also give you a free pregnancy test. They ask you a few questions about your sexual history and they can give you a cab voucher so you can get a free taxi cab ride to the clinic to get tested for HIV, if you feel like that is necessary. You can get tested at your local gynecologist office as well.

I was so proud of myself for getting tested, even though I didn’t have any symptoms. The clinic called me back a week later with my results and everything was negative. Which is good.

People say you should get tested for STDs and STIs after every new partner, at least every 3 months because you never know if your partner is lying to you. Do you know how many stories I have read on the Flo app about young women who didn’t find out that they had an STI until years after having sex, when they got tested from their Gyno, and had no symptoms.

I think every woman should have the Flo app because not only does it help you track your period and your birth control, but it can also teach you about feminine health, how to have safer sex, and STDs. You can talk to health care professionals on the app. They are also just there to inform people about important information that every woman should know about their bodies. The chat rooms on the Flo app are also a fun place to talk to people all around the world anonymously about periods, sex, and relationships. The Flo app is free on Apple and Android devices.

Safer Sex Tip: It’s a good idea to use flavored condoms for giving blow jobs, especially if you have multiple sex partners, which is nothing to be ashamed of, and perfectly normal if you are single. Flavored condoms are harder to find, but sometimes they sell them at Target, if you can’t find them there they are also available online on Amazon, Spencer’s, or any sex toy store online. Also, using dental dams for female oral sex is a good idea. You can find them online as well, or they might have some at your college health center. I know at Framingham State we have them at our health center at Foster Hall.