In spite of the many medical advances that we have made, sexually transmitted diseases remain a major health problem. One way to reduce the likelihood of STD transmission is to abstain.
Although it is too obvious to say, it needs to be said. Abstinence offers complete protection against unwanted pregnancy without the expense and potential side effects of contraceptive techniques. People who have no sexual contacts with others cannot acquire or transmit any disease by the sexual route.
Abstinence gives us the opportunity to concentrate our time and energy on other nonsexual goals, such as career advancement. The choice whether or not to be sexually abstinent is a highly personal decision.
Eventually we get to the point where we feel that we are ready to have mature, responsible sexual relations with that special someone. If you choose to not be abstinent you still have an option in reducing the risk of acquiring STDs. It is important to really talk to your significant other and be candid about how many sexual partners you both have had. If you both have had even one, you should be tested for STDs and get a clean bill of health before you have sex.
The best thing you can do if you chose to not abstain is to choose partners with whom you can discuss these matters with freely and honestly. It is definitely a risk to put yourself out there in the sexual world, but if you take precautions, i.e. use birth control pills and a condom, you will be a lot safer.
Abstinence is a safe, effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and STDs, and is thus a worthy decision.
Kaye Dallas is a senior public relations student from Miami. She is the managing editor for The Famuan and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.