Health Bytes

Aim to strengthen your every day by learning how to debunk the myths that may hinder your way.

MYTH DEBUNKER

MYTH: You can catch a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from a toilet seat.

FACT: Sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STI) can't live outside the body for a long period of time—especially not on a cold, hard surface like a toilet seat. Plus, they aren't present in urine, anyway (it's usually sterile), so the chances of you catching one from someone who used the bathroom before you are slim to none. What you do need to worry about, however, is what may seem like benign skin-to-skin contact. Want to learn more about how someone might contract an STI? Click here to search bacterial and viral STIs and how they are contracted: http://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm.  

 

MYTH: I only need to worry about getting tested if I’m experiencing symptoms of an STI.
FACT: Many STIs have no symptoms at all nor is it unusual to have more than one infection at once without knowing. STIs can be a big problem if left untreated. Even if you don’t think you have an STI, it is important to get tested routinely every 6 months if you are sexually active, especially if you have recently changed partners. If you think you may have an STI, remember to breathe…you are not alone, more than 50% of people will have an STI at some point in their lives! Become a sexual health expert and follow CDC STD on twitter using this link- https://twitter.com/CDCSTD!

 

MYTH: It is okay to mix alcohol and sex.
FACT: Drinking before engaging in sexual activity increases the risk of getting an STI. Alcohol clouds judgment which often means they don’t take proper protective precautions, increasing the chance of STI’s and pregnancy. In fact, too much alcohol is proven to put a damper on one’s sex drive and decrease performance.  Worried about a regrettable sexual experience that involved alcohol? You might want to consider getting tested. Click here to identify the resources right here on campus!

 

MYTH: You cannot catch an STI through oral sex.
FACT: Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis and HIV can all be spread through oral sex. Anyone engaging in any type of sexual activity can get an STI! It is impossible to tell if someone has an STI just by looking at them, so make sure you communicate with your partner and get tested to avoid giving or getting an infection. If you or your partner is not comfortable talking about it, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.  Want to learn more about STI prevention? Use the link below to discover the many ways to stay in control of your sexual health -
http://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/default.htm
   

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH

APPLE SANDWICH

Ingredients:
1 Apple
Peanut Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter
Honey

Directions:
Cut out the core of your apple and then cut the apple into two ½ inch slices. Take one of the halves and spread your butter on top. Drizzle some honey over the peanut butter. Then grab your other apple half and put it over the butter and honey spread, completing your sandwich. This sweet snack is good as a dessert or a mid-day snack on the go! 

Enjoy our past featured recipes!

Fitness Made Easy

The Foam Roller: a tool that boosts flexibility and recovery. It can be a valuable part of  an active person’s warm-up and cool-down routine. Foam rolling improves circulation, which warms the body for a workout and helps it recover afterward. And because rolling breaks down knots that limit range of motion, it preps muscles for stretching. Try these routines: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/roll?page=single

Don’t have a foam roller? BUY ONE HERE!

If you are looking for an expensive substitute, purchase a PVC pipe from your local hardware store!