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Dr. Jen McHardy, a family medicine physician guest blogs for My Body, My Future and addresses some myths about sex.
Well, it depends what you are kissing!
Some people act like oral sex doesn’t really count as sex. But this is a dangerous idea.
What about the guys?
There is much less literature on STI estimates in teen males. In fact, there isn’t even a recommended HPV test for men, and the only approved tests on the market are for women and cervical cancer in women (http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm).
Part 1 - “1 in 4 teen girls has an STD”
You may have seen this statistic on our billboards or campaign posters around the area.
This statistic comes from a 2008 study conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and it was the first national study to look at the prevalence (or the total number of new and existing infections at a given time) of STIs in adolescent females.
There are some popular (and sometimes bizarre) myths about conception and pregnancy. Some of these aren’t believed by very many people, but somehow they seem to keep coming up. All of the following statements are FALSE.
Getting routine shots from your doctor is never fun, but getting HPV is worse.
Protect yourself by getting vaccinated. The HPV Vaccine is cancer prevention. Ask your doctor about what you can do to stay safe, or call 865-215-5000 to schedule a vaccination appointment at the Health Department.