Using Birth Control Pills – Scared of HIV AIDS, genital herpes and genital warts

birth control pillsI’m using Microynon 30®, one of the oldest Birth Control Pills – but I’m scared of getting HIV AIDS, genital herpes and genital warts because I’ve been told that even if I use a condom, I’m not protected against them, even if I use a condom alongside my birth control pills – and I’m really scared. I don’t want to get any of them. What can I do? – Jodie


Dear Jodie


No birth control pills can give you protection against any sexually transmitted infection – and all three of these conditions are most commonly transmitted sexually. Condoms, however, provide the best protection against STDs – but, they can only protect the areas they cover, or come in to contact with.


If you use a condom carefully and take time to get to know the person you are having sex with, ask them if they’re prepared to have a blood test for HIV before you have sex with them – and still use a condom for additional safety – (you can do that at home in some places, although the sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis, or you can visit a clinic or healthcare professional to have one done) and are faithful to each other, assuming you are both HIV negative, then there is no reason to worry unnecessarily about HIV or AIDS. Likewise, if neither of you has genital warts or genital herpes, there is not need to worry about these, either. Both herpes and genital warts are extremely common conditions, with which millions of people live and enjoy happy, healthy sex lives. 


Live your life day by day, and enjoy it. You are protecting yourself against unplanned pregnancy – and if you are both screened before having sex together, stay faithful to each other now, and in the future, you have no reason to be scared. 


If it transpires that you’ve already been in contact with the herpes or genital warts viruses, and symptoms occur in the future, deal with it then but don’t worry beforehand about something that may never happen. You’ll make yourself ill if you worry unnecessarily! Both can be dealt with, one way or another, and are so common that they are ‘part of life’ in the 21st Century, I’m afraid. 


Live your life – be happy – and enjoy yourself sensibly. 


Safer sex is advised routinely these days, to that people can do just that. The birth control pill is doing one type of ‘job’ and is protecting you against unplanned pregnancy. Condoms are your best protection against sexual infections – so together, you can enjoy a happy, health and safe sex life with your partner. 


If you are still worried, why not pop along and visit the nurse at your doctor’s surgery and have a chat to her/him or pop along to your local sexual health clinic and speak to a health adviser there, and discuss your worries in person. 


For more information about Genital Warts and Genital Herpes, visit the Information Section above, and click the relevant links to pages that contain considerably more information about these conditions. 
I hope this helps, for now. 


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