There is no such thing as “safe sex.” If you are sexually active, you run the risk of contracting a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)*, or becoming pregnant, regardless of how “safe” you are.
American culture has been selling the lie that people can practice “safer-sex” with limited physical or emotional repercussions. But, they can only guarantee safersex, not foolproof, perfectly dependable “safe-sex.” What they are not telling you is that any type of sexual activity, including or excluding intercourse, puts you at a high risk for receiving a sexually transmitted infection or disease. While contraception has been presented as ways to create a “safe” environment for sex, the level of security that they offer are often over-exaggerated.
If you’ve recently had sex, or you’re deciding whether to have sex, you’ve likely thought about sexually transmitted diseases. How common are they? What is the risk to women, and young people in particular? What’s the best way to prevent infection?
What Are the Most Common STDs?
The Centers for Disease Control keeps annual records on the so-called “Big 3” STDs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Chlamydia was the most commonly reported STD in 2014, with more than 1.4 million cases. More than 350,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported, along with almost 20,000 cases of syphilis.