We like to think we know everything about sex.
We are experts in all things contraception, STDs, sexual positions, consent and pleasuring our partner, right? Wrong.
Just because you have had sex, does not automatically mean you understand STDs, how you can get them and more importantly, how to prevent/cure them. Understanding your own sexual health should be just as important as your physical/mental health or finding a sexual partner.
Well, now is the time to start educating yourself...
QUESTION 1: How do you prevent STIs?
a. No penetrative sex - just oral.
b. Condoms or no sex at all.
c. The pill.
d. Not having one-night stands.
QUESTION 2: How often should you get tested?
a. I don't need to get tested - I just started dating someone exclusively.
b. After every new sexual partner as well as an annual checkup.
c. Once a year.
d. I use condoms, I don't need to be tested at all.
QUESTION 3: How do you know if you have Chlamydia?
a. I haven't slept with enough people to get it.
b. There often aren't any symptoms, so it's important to get regular check-ups.
c. Pain during sex, bleeding, lower belly pain.
d. Rashes all over your genitals.
QUESTION 4: What is the implant?
a. No idea, I've only taken the pill.
b. Rod inserted into a girls arm to release contraceptive hormones.
c. Some sort of contraceptive inserted into a woman's uterus.
d. I don't use hormonal contraception, only condoms.
QUESTION 5: How long does the average male last before ejaculating during penetrative sex?
a. 4.8 minutes
b. 5.4 minutes
c. 5. 7 minutes
d. 9.0 minutes
QUESTION 6: How many people contract genital herpes every year in the UK?
QUESTION 7: How do you get tested for HIV and AIDS?
a. People in the UK don't get that. We don't need to be tested.
b. Blood test.
c. Swab sample from vagina or penis.
d. Urine sample.
QUESTION 8: What percentage of women can orgasm from penetrative sex alone?
a. Who cares, just fake it till you make it.
d. Literally no one.
All correct answers are b.
What is your score?
Mostly A: You are blinded by relationships and outdated societal concepts of sexual health. Although a monogamous relationship decreases your chances of contracting an STD, it does not eliminate the risk. In the early stages of a relationship, make sure you have both been tested and are clear on whether you are exclusive, or not. Educate yourself on STD symptoms, preventative measures and how to get checked asap.
Mostly B: You really are a sexpert! You know how to have fun and be safe at the same time. You listened up in sex-ed class at school and now it's paying off. You get checked regularly and can relax knowing that your sexual health is taken care of.
Mostly C: Not too bad. You know the basics but you do need to read up on the details. You have made an effort to understand sexual health and its importance. Keep learning you will get there!
Mostly D: Oh dear, your sexual health knowledge is very poor. Maybe you didn't receive sex education in high school or you're just too ignorant to educate yourself. It's time to head to the sexual health clinic, read some leaflets and make sure you are healthy. You should spend some time on the NHS website to make sure you definitely know the basics.