Think STDs are a thing of the past? Maybe from a time when plagues ran rampant and people didn’t have clean water? Think again. In just the last few years, over two million cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia were reported. You may think STDs are uncommon because you rarely hear of people having them, but that’s because those who are affected tend to remain private about it. But it’s their silence that causes the dangerous misconception that most people are clean. Remember, you can’t tell someone has an STD just by looking at them. It really upsets me to hear how casually some of my single acquaintances treat STDs and getting tested. When it comes to not getting tested at all, I’ve heard every excuse in the book. I just hope those excuses can somehow magically affect their white blood cell count and blood work results. Here are silly reasons people give not to get tested.
I have a great immune system
That doesn’t matter. No immune system is strong enough to combat an STD. In fact, most STDs work by attacking the immune system. A sexually transmitted disease is not like the common cold—your body doesn’t just clear it on its own.