Before you become unnecessarily fearful about contracting HIV/AIDS, consider these 3 essential elements:
COMMIT TO A SEXUAL STRATEGY BASED ON YOUR CORE VALUES:
Set aside 10 minutes to consider a strategy that may someday save your life. Answer the following questions:
What type of relationship do you want? Example: Do you want a partner that you can be honest with, and who can be honest with you? Do you value trust in a relationship? Do you want a partner who you can communicate openly with about your deepest thoughts? Do you want someone who shares your values morally and spiritually? If the answer to even one of these questions is yes, then your sexual strategy may result in decision of abstinence before marriage, and/or a frank discussion about sexual history with your potential partner, prior to engaging in an intimate relationship. These are the most effective ways to insure protection from HIV infection. Using barrier methods and being tested for HIV before sexual intimacy is also recommended, and is a key element to any effective strategy to fully prevent HIV transmission.
Short-Term vs. Long-Term Consequences Ask yourself this question: Will my short term pleasure result in long term consequences that will not benefit my life? If the answer is yes, then again, an open, honest conversation about sexual history and/or abstinence before marriage may be a good choice for you.
KNOW WHERE TO FIND HELP:
The Cabrini College Health Center can refer you to a local medical office for two types of HIV testing: anonymous and confidential. Anonymous testing means that the results are not connected with your name. This is the preferred way to effectively insure your results will not end up in insurance databases. Confidential means that your test results will not be shared with others. Call 610-902-8531 for an appointment or come during walk-in hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Cabrini College Counseling Services staff is trained and ready to help discuss your concerns surrounding the issues related to HIV/AIDS. This service is free and confidential for all Cabrini College Students. Call 610-902-8561 for an appointment or come during walk-in hours, Monday-Friday, 12 - 1 p.m.