The STD/STI Connection

I came across an article that discussed the possibility of a connection between grooming your pubic area and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).

Doctors from the University of California are looking at the popularity of grooming oneself as a link in the transmission of STI’s.  It has been noted that the at risk survey participant groomers were younger and more sexually promiscuous than those who chose not to take a lil bit off the top.  The article further suggested that doctors who were fortunate enough to bear witness to a polished puss should actively investigate the sexual history and safe practices of said individual.

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Let me just say that I think I would be very offended if my doctor assumed that, because I shaved my cooter, I was a sexual rogue. Maybe I just don’t want her to have to leave a trail of bread crumbs to find her way out of the forest after her quest for a cervix check. Maybe I find it a bit creepy for my doctor to go down there and, possibly, be greeted by the rim of Smokey the Bear’s hat. Now, in addition to checking for any abnormalities she’ll also have that slight fear of a bear attack. Or, maybe my cooter just has personality. Maybe she likes to make her own fashion statement where somedays she may want to rock a mohawk and other days she’s cool sporting a dark ceasar and she doesn’t care about what other people think. Personally, when that time of the year rolls around, I like to make sure my girl doesn’t show up looking like an unadoptable orphan. We get nice and snazzy for Dr. Gyn!

Rant over.

On a serious note, when it comes to the male and female reproductive system, any practitioner taking charge over it should inquire and educate on safe practices at inception, whether you are Telly Savalas or Wolfman Jack. That, in my opinion, should be standard. When it comes to grooming, risks of infection may be present if cuts to the skin occur and subsequently come in contact with infectious agents and, for that reason among many others, men and women need to take the responsibility of their self care more seriously. Sexually transmitted diseaeses are not picky which is why you should be.

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Visit before play to brush up on your STI/STD knowledge. Here’s a visual to help drive home the reality of the careless sexual experience.

Just as you should be picky about your partner, you should always be judgemental about the cleanliness of the places you frequent – nail salons, barbershops, hair removal establishments etc. Some STI’s, while known primarily for being spread by sexual conduct, can also occur from skin-to-skin contact. HPV, syphilis, and herpes can be spread if a cut, scratch, or other type of broken skin of an un-infected person comes in contact with the infected cite of someone else. No broken skin? No worries! Unless your mouth, nose and eyes are involved as they are very susceptible to the infections, as well.

One note worthy exception to this is molluscum contagiosum which has been known to make itself at home on any body surface. Documented transmission cases include towel or sponge sharing (and for the record, I think sponges are nasty germ riddled objects that no one should use on their body), pool, gym equipment, and sauna use, and….SURPRISE…public bathrooms!!! Nope, not surprised at all!

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It almost seems that we should be living in our very own plastic bubbles or wearing 24 hour safety suits with the only form of entertainment being credited to virtual reality but we can’t. What we can do is institute safe practices, good judgement and regular check-ups. We can also raise awareness. Talk to your children, your friends and your family. Find ways to alert them about the causes, signs, symptoms and possible outcomes of contracting STI’s. One of the best and easiest ways to do this is to start with you.  Educate yourselves and take control of what goes on with your body.  Leading by example has a way of creating a huge following.

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