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Taking Care of Your Sexual Health

If you're sexually active, it's important to regularly visit a health care provider, like a doctor or nurse, to have sexual health checkups and discuss sexual health issues. Various topics are covered below in the following sections:

  • About Your Sexual Health
  • Condom Myths
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Myths
  • Myths about Sex
  • Useful Facts and Information

About Your Sexual Health

A sexual health checkup is an examination by a doctor or nurse for sexual health issues like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). During your sexual health check, you can also ask any questions you have about reproductive and sexual health.

Condom Myths

False. The best way to avoid getting pregnant is through abstinence. Abstinence (not having any kind of sex) is the only 100% effective form of birth control. If abstinence isn't an option, using a condom in combination with a hormonal form of birth control is a close second. For example, this could be a condom used together with the birth control pill.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Myths

True. During oral sex, you can give your partner your STI and you can get theirs. Not all STIs are transmitted through oral sex, but some are. For example, if your partner has a cold sore (oral herpes) and performs oral sex on you, you could become infected with herpes in your genital area.

Myths About Sex

Useful Facts and Information

From Carolina Teen Health

Did you know that in South Carolina:

  • Teens 19 years and younger account for 1 in 3 Chlamydia cases and 1 in 5 Gonorrhea cases.
  • Teens 19 years and younger account for 1 in 20 HIV/AIDS cases.
  • South Carolina ranks 8th in the nation for the rate of new AIDS cases annually.
  • The rate of reported new HIV/AIDS cases among African-American South Carolinians is eight times that of White South Carolinians.
  • As of 2005, 15 percent of HIV/AIDS cases are among teens, 80 percent of which are among African Americans.
  • Youth under age 19 account for 38 percent of Chlamydia cases; 32 percent of Gonorrhea cases; 7 percent of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.

To schedule your STD screening appointment, visit the SC DHEC website or call (864) 345-1020. 

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