People Hooking Up Not Using Condoms Enough; STD Levels Hit All -Time High

To all the hooker uppers out there who hooked up with people they just met — and didn’t use a condom, here’s a news flash. According to the latest statistics released this week from the CDC, STD levels are at an all-time high. So next time you’re hooking up, don’t be silly and use a condom on that willy.

There were 1.6 million cases of chlamydia, 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and 28,000 cases of syphilis reported. The diseases are on the rise in all groups and ages including women and men. Between 2015-2016,  syphilis rates rose nearly 18%. Most cases occurred among men, especially gay men and bisexuals. Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention said “Increases in STDs are a clear warning of a growing threat. Doctors need to make STD screening and treatment a standard part of medical care, especially for pregnant women and gay and bisexual men,” he noted.

I’m always surprised when people tell me they just hooked up with someone on Tinder or Grindr and didn’t even think of using condoms. “I have an IUD, one 26-year-old clueless friend recently told me. “I’m taking Truvada,” a gay friend told me, (an HIV medicine that keeps people from contracting the virus.) Condoms are very effective in protecting everyone from all the other gross STD’s, but recent studies have shown that the younger people are, the less they use them. Millennials use condoms the least. One new study found that students used them about 50% of the time, which means they aren’t exactly studying sex education.

So what do you do if you did it without using a condom?

MyLAB Box is the first of its kind to offer home delivery of STD test kits. According to the company “MyLAB Box has positioned itself as the online remedy to the problems linked to online dating. No longer do millennials have to suffer through the embarrassment or awkward conversations with clinicians or their doctor about their sexual health. Everything can be done online: from ordering the test, to a free phone consultation with a medical doctor, as well as getting a prescription phoned into your pharmacy.” In other words, you don’t have to be embarrassed telling your judgemental doctor that you had a threesome with no condom and now it burns like a mofo when you urinate.

Founded in 2013, myLAB Box currently sells kits for 15 different types of STDs/STI including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis (“Trich”), HIV I & II, Herpes II, HPV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis. Now there’s a list. Now you can freak out at home, but at least you’ll know if you have anything contagious.
All myLAB Box kits use FDA-approved technology and use CLIA-certified affiliates with decades in testing for infectious diseases. All myLAB Box tests have the same diagnostic accuracy as testing in a laboratory or a doctor’s office. MyLAB Box kits range from $79 for a single test to $399 for a 10-panel screen, so you can see what’s really up down there.

 

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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the new book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. http://www.amazon.com/The-Wild-Girls-Club-Part/dp/0990462129. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and is currently a Sex Columnist for BRITISH GQ. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.

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