I am 30 years old and I've only had sex with one person. That is partly because I've always been kind of shy and I've always had a social anxiety. But, it's also because I am afraid I'll catch an STD. This is a very real fear for me. Even as a shy guy I have had a few opportunities come my way over the years and it kills me that I've always had to turn them down because truthfully I was afraid I might catch an STD. Some of these girls were very hot and it really sucks that I had to pass up such opportunities. Sex is probably one of the best things about life and I feel like I'm missing out on all of that. When I was growing up it was like people all around me were getting STDs. Even people close to me in my own family. My sister got genital warts which is one of the STD they say you can't ever get rid of (the virus anyway). She wasn't a slut or anything, she had only been with one person. My mother got chlamydia from my dad who cheated on her at one point. And my dad told me he has also had two or three other STDs over the years. And there are several other people that I know who have gotten an STD. And in school they really put the fear of STDs into you in sex ed class. I saw a tv commercial a while back that said one out of four adults will get herpes. These are the ones that really scare me – the STDs like that that you are stuck with for life. You get something like that and nobody is going to want to be with you after that. I'm not worried about crabs, chlamydia, and gonorrhea because I hear that you can get rid of those with medicine within a week or two. It's the ones you can't get rid of that scare me like herpes, aids, and genital warts. So how is that everybody else in the word has no worries about having sex. Does this not scare you? I'll bet that there have been cures out there for every one of these STDs even though they try to keep this information from us. I've have heard of three different people who have cured the Aids virus, but they always manage to silence these people and keep the information suppressed. The drug companies can't make money off of treating these diseases if there are known cures. I don't know why I'm writing this, I guess I'm just frustrated. I don't think we should have to live with these fears.