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Safe sex is the only sex students should be having

Illustration by: Israel Gonzalez | Staff Illustrator

When it comes to sex, being safe is the only option.

We’ve all heard those charming maxims about, ahem, “wrapping your willies.” Or, in other words, wearing a condom. To do otherwise is just tempting fate to get a sexually transmitted disease or have an unwanted pregnancy.

These little adages about being safe during sex, though crude and amusing, actually hold good advice and we should take them more seriously.

We live in a society where, especially for college students, casual sex has become all too common. Now, if engaging in copious amounts of sex is your prerogative, go right ahead. However, as one in four college students will contract a sexually transmitted disease in their college career, it is imperative for us especially to use protection during our sexual encounters.

For most of us, it’s been awhile since sex education in high school. However, how to engage in safe sex is one thing we should not let slip from our minds, as it is too important for our health and wellbeing.

There are not any exceptions to this rule, either. Despite what some might believe, being safe is just as important for the LGBTQIA community as it is for heterosexual people.

There are a myriad of different STDs we put ourselves at risk for when we make the stupid decision not to be safe, but never fear. There are plenty of protection options to choose from.

When choosing protection methods, there are quite a few to choose from, and each must be carefully deliberated as they all have pros and cons. They vary in levels of protection, as not all methods are created equal. The hallmark of sexual safety, the always popular condom, for instance, might prevent pregnancy but not HIV.

Using protection during sex is particularly important for women—and yes, this goes for lesbian lovers out there as well as pregnancy is not the only thing we have to worry about. STDs can have serious consequences for us women, especially if not taken care of properly and in a timely fashion.

Unbeknownst to most, an untreated case of chlamydia can cause infertility if it results in pelvic inflammatory disease. It can even cause an ectopic pregnancy, an affliction that can turn life-threatening.

From pregnancy to STDs, there are many reasons to always be safe during sex.

So next time you hear some goofball shout “Don’t be silly, wrap your willy,” don’t just cringe and brush it off—take those well-meaning words to heart and remember to always be safe during sexual activity.