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Students practice safe sex

Published 9/7/16

Shanna Kyle

TNE Writer

Today there are over 20 known types of sexually transmitted infections. These infections were originally referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, but the current terminology is more reflective of the number and types of theses communicable diseases and also of the fact that they are caused by infection pathogens. Pathogens are a virus or other little organism inside of an individual that can cause diseases.

According to Personal Health, those living in the United States have a one in two chance of getting a STI by the age of 25. There are approximately 65 million people living with an incurable STI.

Sexually transmitted infections are generally spread through some form of intimate sexual contact. This would include vaginal intercourse, oral-genital contact, hang genital contact and anal intercourse. The most common modes of transmission include mouth-to-mouth contact or contact with fluids from body sores that may be spread by the hands.  

“Abstinence is the most reliable way to avoid STIs,” said Sallie Ruskoski, program chair of Medical Laboratory Science. “Even though there are some vaccinations, they do not cover most STI organisms. If a person does have sex, they should use condoms, limit sexual partners and/or have a monogamous relationship.”

One cannot tell if someone has an STI just by looking at them. A person who knows they have a STI can continue to be sexually active and infect others. It is suggested that when one has a new sexual partner, both of the individuals get tested.

“A good way for asking your partner to get tested is to suggest that you and your partner both get tested together, especially before engaging in any type of sexual intercourse,” said Sheree Whiteside, human and family science program chair.

According to Personal Health, a reason why STIs are on the rise is how people perceive sex today.  With the help of media glamorizing sex, people are taking sexual partners without taking into consideration the risks they are taking.

Jackie Murry previously taught personal health courses at NSU. 

“Although condoms are pretty effective, they are still not 100 percent effective in protecting you from getting a STI,” said Murry.

It would be best to get tested as soon as there are symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection. Not getting tested as soon as possible can result in blindness, sterility, central nervous system destruction and even death.

Students can get tested at the Student Health Services and Clinic on campus. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located on the east end of the Riverhawk Wellness Center. Students can also call (918-444-2126 or visit http://neohealth.org/clinics/nsu to make an appointment.


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