by Laura D'Ocon
Teens like adults, have problems and concerns that sometimes they do not want to share or simply they do not know who to talk with. Often is because they do not want to share certain topics with their families especially when it comes to sex, prevention or sexual diseases.
There is no need to be ashamed or worried about it. Everyone has been through a hard situation or a moment where they might just need to talk to a professional instead of a friend or family member.
Nowadays, there is so much information on the Internet available for everyone, but at the same time it is hard to find valuable and accurate information about important topics such as: where to go if you need to do a Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STI) test, who to talk about other sexual diseases, where to get advice about sexual relationships, prices for tests etc.
University of Florida is just one example on how easy can be to talk to a professional and letting them know your concerns. UF Student Health and Alachua County Health Department, offer a free and confidential STD/STI test by appointment five days a week. This stand-alone clinic is only for currently register UF students without symptoms only. The test is only offered for free in the Infirmary on campus.
Other Universities like Florida International University offer free tests such as the HIV one, that stands for Human Immunize Deficiency Symptom. They also offer counseling on contraceptive options, sexual transmitted questions etc.
Most of the colleges in Florida and in the nation have a Women's Clinic center where students can reach and talk to professionals about different topics. They also give free condoms to promote the importance of sexual protection and they are willing to help you in any situations. Other tests are also available, but the prices vary depending on the insurance and the University.
Students should be able to reach out to clinics and ask for advice. It is a nice and easy way to know if your sexual health is safe and also to ask any questions with no shame.
Feel free to comment on this article if you need any help finding a center. From my personal experience, I can say that those centers, are there for us, and they can also safe us unnecessary headaches.
There is no need to tell your parents if you don't feel like, or if there is no major issue regarding your health status. If it is just a matter of curiosity to know more about sexual transmitted diseases or sex in general, adults do not need to know about it.
Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Healthy and Be You.