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Testing For STI’s

February 10, 2013

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As responsible swingers Blink and I get tested for STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) approximately every 6 months. Since this is a regular piece of our lives now we thought that we’d make a public service announcement to other swingers as a reminder. And to those of you who are thinking about swinging, please keep in mind that testing is not only a health conscious decision for you, but also for those that you play with.

Having recreational sex means that we are willingly taking a risk with our health, but it’s no more of a risk than getting in the car every day and driving down the road. The precautionary measures that we take when driving are to make sure that we aren’t over tired, aren’t drunk, know the rules of the road, and drive as defensively as possible. As swingers we need to make sure that we are having sex the safest way possible. Having the guys wear condoms at all times is a big first step. Wearing a dental dam is another method of protection. Not one that I care to use, and to this day haven’t seen one used, but they are available for people that have a concern.

Getting tested often enables you to be able to treat infections early if they are contracted, and helps you to ensure that you are not arbitrarily out there infecting others. The tests are simple and the appointments are short. Take the time and get tested. Believe me, it will ease your mind.

For a comprehensive list of STI’s to test for please click HERE.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2014 2:49 pm

    I have a question. Do you feel like Herpes 1 is just a risk swingers just can’t escape? Just been a little paranoid lately, with 57% of people having it, and me being a kissing slut and all that. Will we all just end up with it one day? At least swingers?

    Also, i think 6 months is a great amount of time. I would add, just get a NOW check up if something happens (condom slip, something like that.)

    Great post. :O Gonna check the rest of your site out. Cuz I’m bored.

    -Hope

    http://hopeswings.wordpress.com/

    • blinkspunk permalink*
      April 29, 2014 3:04 pm

      Hey Hope, this is Blink. Herpes Simplex Virus -1 or HSV-1 is so common, 50% – 80% of the world has it. It’s what we call cold sores or fever blisters. If you or your partners have ever had those, chances are you have HSV-1. Most of the time it’s dormant. I can’t say we will all end up with it, but we will all be exposed to it when 5 to 8 out of 10 people have it.

      Regarding testing, 6 months is a good amount of time. STI/STD’s take 3 to 6 months to manifest and you can catch them early if you test at 6 months. Now, if you are having a lot of different partners, then you should probably step up the testing. This schedule came from our doctor who knows we swing.

      When we started, we were going strong, so it made sense to do it every 3 months. Now we aren’t, so we have lengthened it a bit. Talk to your doctor for what is right for you.

      Thanks for reading.

      ~Blink

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