What the heck does dating have to do with health???!!! Is that what you are thinking?
Well, a lot!!!!! When I opened the papers today I saw an ad of a movie called I don’t love you. The movie poster didn't leave much to imagination. The movie seems to be about the new dating culture in urban India. The last frame on the poster suggestively implies a budding physical relationship between the two leads.
Now that led me to wonder, if our young generation is mirrored in these films then maybe it’s time for us to be a bit more aware of the health issues related to this lifestyle. I neither support nor oppose the dating culture. I think it’s an individual choice and every single person is entitled to one. But I do think that if one is sexually active then he or she should take all the precautions against possible diseases.
I don’t have to tell you about AIDS……our government and worldwide organizations have done enough work to make us aware of this dreaded disease. But it is not just AIDS that you need to be wary of when you are sexually active. There are many other diseases broadly categorized as STD (sexually transmitted diseases) that you are at a risk of. There is Herpes, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and many more. And the scary thing is….not all of them are transmitted through a full blown physical relationship. Some can even be transmitted through kissing. So be careful where you place your mouth.
I don’t mean to scare you into a life of celibacy and complete abstinence. But I do want to encourage you to have an open mind. If the new generation is bold enough to take on this new lifestyle then they should be bold enough to accept the pitfalls of it.
I think that the days of meeting someone and asking them what sun sign they belong to….to check compatibility is passé. If you want to ask anything……ask for a complete STD profile. An STD profile consists of some tests that rule out most of the STD and it can be easily done in any good hospital or leading lab. It doesn't even cost too much….for about 3000 to 4000 rupees you get the satisfaction to know you or the person you intend to be with are disease free.
So if you do date…..date stress and STD free!!!