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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 to have sexual health checkups and discuss sexual health issues. STD testing and birth control services are provided by health services and the Spartanburg County Department of Public Health. Please call Health Services to discuss what option is best for you.

    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.

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