Lifestyle

Wear a condom, it's National Condom Day

Nicole Armitage of Health Assess would like people to celebrate this Valentine's Day without sexually transmitted diseases.
Nicole Armitage of Health Assess would like people to celebrate this Valentine's Day without sexually transmitted diseases. Tony Martin

THIS Valentine's Day give someone roses, not an STD.

That's the message Health Assess co-ordinator and nurse Nicole Armitage wants to send people in Mackay.

Today is not only Valentine's Day but National Condom Day.

"People aren't fully aware of the potential effects it (STDs) can have to your health like brain damage, heart damage, reproductive problems for men and women - it can actually cause infertility and a lot of them are silent STDs so you're not even aware that you've got them," Ms Armitage said.

But not all are silent.

"In ancient history the term herpes means creepy crawly - you should know whether you've got herpes, so don't go spreading that around," she said.

Ms Armitage said sex was enjoyed by two people, whether male or female, and it was every person's responsibility to carry and purchase condoms.

With STDs on the rise in Mackay it was more important than ever to wear protection.

Last year there were 2579 cases of chlamydia and 590 cases of gonorrhoea in the Townsville Public Health District; this included Mackay.

Ms Armitage said people make up a lot of excuses for not using condoms but none of them were worth catching an STD over.

"To be honest sex does feel better without one but if you get one of those diseases, what would you rather a condom or an STD?" she said.

"You don't know what that person is housing in their pants."

Ms Armitage said it was incumbent upon parents to talk about STDs with their children and not to rely on it being taught at school.

"It needs to be taught that it is natural and it's to be respected," she said.

"(Some parents) don't want to know their child is having sex - make it okay that they're having sex but wear a condom."

Topics:  sex, std, valentine's day



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Milk and bread almost killed me

Carly Hicks of Banora Point whips up a healthy meal.

It took three years for Carly Hicks to turn her life around

Dying man pays last tribute to Tweed charity

Ken Simpson, shortly before his passing, helped Wedgetail to fundraise.

Ken Simpson faced a grim, cold death on the streets

Plea for equal love

RECOGNITION: Rosa Caceres and Julie Robinson, from Fingal, fronted Opposition leader Bill Shorten over same-sex marriage.

Love doesn’t discriminate and neither should we, Fingal couple says

Latest deals and offers

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest