STIQ Day - How's Your Sexual Health?
A big problem with the conversation around sexual health is that too often, with it being so taboo in society, the important things that need covering too often remain outside of general public awareness. Particularly regarding STI's and the education of young people, you can see how big of a problem this can be! Whilst nobody wants to have an STI, it is important to know how to be safe against contracting one and also to know how to go about getting treatment should you find yourself in such a situation. This is becoming increasingly important with the rising rate of STI infection across the UK. For instance, did you know that 1 in 12 people who get tested do in fact have an STI? This is a large statistic, consisting more frequently than not of people who are having a routine checkup and do not even realise this is the case.
STIQ day is marked by January 14th in 2018 and is a day dedicated to alerting everyone across the country about ways to get tested, as well as promoting sex education and contraceptives. Most STI's (including Chlamydia) can have what are known as 'invisible symptoms', meaning that often individuals can be carrying an infection without even realising. This is another of the important reasons to be aware of what's going on in your own body because, not only will this impact upon you and your health and wellbeing, it could also mean potentially passing on an STI to someone else without knowing. A check-up or test can mean finding out quickly what your situation is and, if treatment is needed, catching the infection early to prevent long-term damage.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the biggest problems with STI and sexual health awareness is that it is something which people frequently feel quite uncomfortable talking about. However, that said, it's important to take note of the fact that there is no shame or embarrassment in making sure that you are healthy and clear of potential infection. Getting tested sooner rather than later could save your fertility or prevent the contraction of illnesses such as cervical cancer, so it's really important to be educated on what options are available to you testing wise and how you can keep yourself well.
You can read more about STIQ day, conditions, and testing at: http://www.stiq.co.uk/about/