Friends’ funerals should never trump birthday parties in frequency: Free STI testing on campus

A penis or tongue can fit into three holes commonly associated with the loss of virginity.

If you’ve been putting or receiving a body part in any of those holes, you should take advantage of the free STI testing taking place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Student Health and Counseling Center in Room 116/120 of Rasmuson Hall.

We know we’re preaching to the choir here.

This generation of young and middle aged people has grown up hearing that unsafe sex kills.

That’s awfully lucky of us.

Because the generation before us grew up witnessing the reaper claim their friends.

Like most monumental times in history, however, you had to be there to believe it.

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“A whole new generation has come of age since then, some of these kids shockingly cavalier about the dangers of unprotected sex. That era, when funerals were more common than birthdays on one’s social calendar, has, mercifully, become history,” wrote David Ansen, a former Newsweek reporter.

He essentially wrote about how HIV and AIDS destroyed people’s lives in the arts during a time when the diseses were considered an epidemic.

While Ansen is right about the decreased number of deaths from STIs and STDs over the years, he’s actually only partially correct.

While the number of deaths has gone down, the number of STD and STI diagnoses are slowly beginning to rise again.

Chlamydia reports rose 8 percent in 2011 to 1,412,791 cases, and gonorrhea rose 4 percent from in 2011 to 321,829 reported cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control website. The statistics are compiled annually.

Those are numbers meant to shock people — because, really, who can really imagine what a million people even looks like?

But it begs the question, is your partner one in a million? In this context, perhaps people would hope not.

And speaking on being one in a million, it is estimated by the CDC that there are 1.1 million people in the country living with HIV.

One in five of those people are unaware they’re infected.

Yes, it’s scary to sit in front of a stranger knowing that your life may be about to change forever.

But it’s better than not knowing.