I promise myself that if I was going to sit on this blog and talk about other people, I am going to make it a point to talk myself as well.
I have been celibate for the last year and three months. No sex, no hookups,no foreplay, no skin touching, no body body, not even a dry hump…
There are many reasons why I chose to abstain from sex but the initial reason was because I realized that I was making poor decisions when it came to my sexual health. After a health scare early last year, I vowed to not only protect myself while engaging in sex but to abstain from it altogether until I was ready. Of course it’s been difficult though..
They saying the STD rates is at an all time high…
From Men’s Health
Cases of certain sexually transmitted diseases have once again hit an all time high in 2016, according to a new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
From 2015 to 2016, there was a 5 percent increase in diagnosed cases of chlamydia, an 18 percent increase in syphilis, and a 19 percent increase in gonorrhea. But the actual numbers may even be higher: Because many STDs occur without any noticeable symptoms, you may not even know you’re infected—meaning, you may not even be diagnosed. (Good news is, many STDs are completely curable. Here’s how you can spot and treat gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.)
So why the rise? It’s easy to blame hookup culture. With the rise of apps like Tinder, casual sex seems to be more of the norm—or rather, it’s more socially acceptable to talk about it outwardly now. However, there isn’t enough conclusive evidence that directly links the use of these apps to sexual infections themselves.
“It’s very easy for policy-makers and other public health officials to make these broad statements about the apps being the reason that STIs are spiking,” Ian Holloway, Ph.D., assistant professor of social welfare at UCLA who has researched these issues, told CBCNews last April. “But we don’t really have data to support that.”
Plus, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, people in committed relationships are just as likely to contract STDs as those who have casual sex. People in casual-sex relationships may actually be more diligent about using condoms and getting tested, the study authors say.
In fact, skipping condoms entirely is one of the likely reasons STDs cases keep climbing. A report from the CDC found that only one-third of guys had used a condom during the last time they had sex in the past year and a recent YouGov survey revealed that 1 in 4 men don’t use a rubber during one-night stands.