The inmate came and sat down on one of the chairs, with a shy look on his young face. I summoned for him to come to the clinic because he put in a request for a Nurse’s sick call for complaint of burning with urination.
“When did you start noticing the symptom?”, I politely asked.
“Just tonight, Ma’am. But I gotta’ tell you something. I got some sort of bumps, too down there,” as he shyly tried to talk in whispers.
I got the picture! This man must be suffering with the onset of an STD [Sexually Transmitted Disease]. I started probing more to get as much history as I could to aid the jail physician who would examine him later that day.
“Do you have one or multiple partners?”
“A lot,” was the quiet answer, his gaze wouldn’t look at mine.
“Do you use protected sex or not?”
“Ahh…[long pause]…No, Ma’am.”
“When was the last time you had a sexual intercourse?”
“The day I got arrested, Ma’am.”
“Will it be okay for me to examine it inside the exam room with the presence of the deputy?”
“Yes, Ma’am,” was the quick response [He must be really uncomfortable].
I saw a few red bumps that formed. There was no drainage nor pus. There was no blister. His dipstick urinalysis was negative [using test strips]. I encouraged him to increase his fluid intake as long as he could tolerate that. Then, I put him for the Doctor’s sick call that morning so that the physician could evaluate him further and him, be given an anti-viral kind of medication if needed.
He felt relieved that the assessment part was over and that he would be seen by the jail MD.
God had a lot of warnings, too regarding the meaning of sex. His warnings are clearly written on the Bible for us to be guided to avoid problems such as these. Teenagers are so quick to try it out, out of curiosity and pleasure. Not thinking of consequences, unwanted pregnancies lead to abortions, financial woes and most of the time, teenagers are not ready to commit to a lifetime marriage. But God had given that as a special gift between a married couple.
God warned us that sex, outside of marriage, destroys relationships. But if used within marriage, it can be a relationship builder.
We should give our sexual desires and activities under Christ’s control. God created sex for procreation and as an expression of love between a husband and a wife. We avoid contracting many sexually transmitted diseases only if we follow God’s ways regarding this matter.
The apostle Paul had this to say:
1 Thessalonians 4, verse 1 - “Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already and we encourage you to do so more and more.”
Verse 2 - “For you remember what we taught you in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Verse 3 – “God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin.
Verse 4 – “Then each of you will control your body and live in the holiness and honor –
Verse 5 –“not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and His ways.
Verse 6 –“Never cheat a Christian brother in this matter by taking his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before.”
Verse 7 –“God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives.”
Verse 8 –“Anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.”
If you click on the title of the post, I linked it with CDC's site regarding this, if you want to learn more about the many kinds of STD's [Sexually Transmitted Diseases]. Please note that I am not an expert regarding this matter. I only wrote what I know as a medical professional, what I had witnessed from work and what I know from my Lord's Word.
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