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June 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

According to sleep researchers in Boston, sleep deprivation may increase pleasure seeking activity in the brain. Without enough sleep, regions of the brain that usually control such cravings are dampened. Twenty-five volunteers' brains were compared after normal and limited hours of sleep. When sleep deprived volunteers viewed images of unhealthy foods their brain networks' association with craving and reward was more active than it was for volunteers who had experienced more sleep. So while more research is needed, the study shows that sleep deprived people are more prone to making unhealthy food choices. Where then, is the research for brain activity that does or doesn't occur when it comes to making unhealthy sex choices? Is sleep deprivation to blame or too much alcohol?

While the jury is still out, we have to default to mom's advice about getting enough rest and practicing moderation. Yep, mom was right, too little sleep and too much alcohol is never a good thing. "Nothing good ever happens after midnight." She used to say. For proof just look at what happened on Cinderella's ride home - broken down, no cell phone, no insurance and dressed in rags. She was just asking for trouble. But all jokes aside, it's up to you to eat right and protect your sexual health. So regardless of what researchers are "discovering" these days, the fact remains that it's up to you to use condoms, know your partners' sexual history and get STD testing. There's no fairy godmother to come to your rescue.

Aside from abstinence, condoms are the best protection against STDs. So why are so many singles still having unprotected sex with strangers? Do they think they're immune from contracting STDs? Some do and in fact, some have no idea they are already infected. That's because many STDs are asymptomatic, meaning they don't show signs or symptoms. This is why STDs are spread so easily. The trouble is when you think you aren't infected you don't get the treatment you need. If left untreated, STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause infertility, HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) can cause anal and cervical cancers and advanced syphilis can cause damage to the brain, heart and other organs. Once a person is infected with genital herpes they have the virus for life. They can't predict when they'll have another outbreak, nor can they guarantee their partners won't get infected. And contracting the HIV/AIDS virus is fatal.

Sadly, after know this many sexually active people are still reluctant to get anonymous STD testing because they don't have a primary physician, they have no health insurance, they're afraid of an embarrassing doctor's office visit or they don't want their STD test results submitted to their health insurance company, especially if infidelity is involved. But many have benefitted from anonymous STD testing because STD tests are conducted in a lab so they can avoid an embarrassing doctor's office visit. Anonymous STD testing accepts pre-paid credit cards so your STD test results aren't submitted to your health insurance company.

So there's no excuse for not getting tested. Anonymous STD testing is the only way to know your STD status for sure so you can get the treatment you need and further prevent the spread of STDs.

There are many ways to get an STD, and if you get one, find a location for STD Testing in San Diego.

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