This might be a little long, so take notes or skip ahead to the TLDR version! I'm going to cover something we're all taught throughout high school, college, and, for those of us in the medical field, at work - safe sex. For most of you, this shouldn't be anything new. For others, it might be. Either way, it helps to keep this in the back of your mind.
First and foremost, PUA WORKS. You WILL get laid; no doubt about it. Just apply yourself and practice, but this isn't the place for a pep talk. Anyway, when you're about to have sex, make sure you have condoms. If you don't have any, do not have sex. I don't care if she is an 11/10, do not risk it.
"What am I risking? What's all this BS talk about risks? What are they?"
Risks include STD's (sexually transmitted diseases), UTI's (urinary tract infections; men get them, too - it has to do with the different bacteria in a woman's vagina, etc), and pregnancy (awww look at the little baby...and there goes another alimony payment).
Chlamydia - It's very common, believe it or not. Symptoms include pain or burning during urination, discharge, and possibly pain and swelling in your testicles. Thankfully, it's easily treatable. If left untreated, it can lead to epididymitis which, if left untreated, can lead to sterility.
Gonorrhea - Almost as common as chlamydia with similar symptoms. However, gonorrhea can spread to other parts of your body and that sh!t's life threatening. It's also treatable, so don't freak out too much.
Syphilis - While not as common as the last two, this one is pretty effing terrible. It can be transmitted through more than just sex, so be careful who (or what) you kiss! It has three stages - sores, rashes, and finally, the late stage that includes paralysis, liver damage, a bunch of other crap, and death. Easily treatable detected early on.
Herpes - Ever had a cold sore? Congratulations, you have herpes! Ah, but there are two types - oral (HSV 1) and genital (HSV 2). Most people have oral herpes, so don't feel bad. While there is no cure, it's manageable and symptoms appear once every few years. That doesn't make it worth getting! Imagine a cold sore on your d1ck - that would be pretty bad. Some fun stats - HSV 1 causes 80% of the oral herpes and 20% of the genital, and HSV 2 is the other way around.
Hepatitis B - GET VACCINATED. This will kill you. It ruins your liver and kidneys. Symptoms include light colored or gray stool, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice (yellowing of skin, eyes, nails), or unusually dark urine. I've had patients with this and when I read their charts, I got scared!
HIV/AIDS - Ok, this one should be in it's own little section because I have a lot to say about it, but I don't feel like formatting after typing this down. Anyway, on to what this evil motherfarker is!
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. How does it do that? Well, it hijacks your immune system - your own military against all the garbage out there that is too small for you to see but can kill you, anyway.
How do you get it? Sex and blood to blood contact. Women have a higher chance of getting it than men for reasons I won't mention because it'll require a whole section of its own. Symptoms are tricky - they usually appear within a month to six weeks (if they do) and they consist of a flu on steroids. That's the common one. Others include a rash all over your body, a deep, dry cough that last for over 3 weeks, and a bunch of other stuff. HIV IS NOT DIAGNOSED BY SYMPTOMS.
If you're getting paranoid, please get tested. HIV is not detectable until at least a month after possible exposure, which means you'll have some serious anxiety. Now, the CDC says that a negative result at or after 3 months is conclusive, which means you don't have to stress after that. However, about 95% of infections are caught within the first 6 weeks - it's 3 months because some people take a little longer to make antibodies against it, so they wanna avoid lawsuits.You can have a lab test done, but that takes a couple of days. Finger sticks are available at most hospitals for free and take about 20 minutes and they are just as accurate.
On the bright side, the treatments that are available are extremely effective. There's no cure yet, but research is very promising. Furthermore, your chance of getting it is ridiculously low - I'm talking about a 3/1000 or something like that. Please use a farking condom, anyway.
So, why did I choose to write this? Because I know a bunch of people that don't like condoms. Can't blame them because it feels better without, but it's not worth it. I knew all of this but still didn't use condoms with a particular girl. Talk about anxiety - I spent 6 months thinking I was dying, so please don't get yourselves into that position, guys
TLDR - USE A FARKING CONDOM