Sam Thompson Just Released An Honest AF Video About Contracting STIs
Did you know there was a way to anonymously tell an ex-partner to get tested if you've given them an STI? Neither did we...
Is your knowledge about STIs a little patchy? Well we’ve got something for you to watch, and you won't complain because it involves Made In Chelsea’s very own blue-eyed cheeky chappy Sam Thompson.
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After finding out that over half of young people in the UK don’t use a condom when having sex for the first time with someone new yet 16-24-year-olds are mostly likely to catch an STI, MIC's Sam Thompson set out to separate fact from fiction and illuminate why we should all be using condoms during sex. In his classic charismatic way.
He posted a seven-minute video on his YouTube channel where he energetically questions a GP and a sexual health doctor, and chats to a group of other young people about why people their age aren't using condoms enough. The experts describe some of the serious long-term health problems that STIs can cause over time, and how some STIs can go unnoticed until it's too late because they are symptomless.
The vid is not just an STI low-down, but also a glimpse into Sam’s personal experiences. Sam reveals to GP Sara Kayat that he has contracted chlamydia in the past and that he found it incredibly embarrassing telling his sex buddy, even though he was doing the right thing by doing so. In turn, she tells Sam a nifty trick for letting someone you’ve slept with know they should get tested anonymously, if you find the idea of having that conversation absolutely crawl-under-your-bed-and-stay-there-until-the-end-of-your-days cringe-worthy.
About making the video, Sam said, “This experience has seriously opened my eyes... even though young people are the age group most likely to catch an STI, it seems crazy that we’re the least likely to use condoms. I am by no means perfect and have had chlamydia myself in the past, as a result of making the mistake of not using a condom when I slept with someone new.
"It was a really hard time for me, I had to face the embarrassment of telling a girl I really liked that I’d potentially given her an STI. There are a number of different reasons why condoms aren’t always used by young people, but after speaking to the experts, it’s just not worth taking the risk.”
We love this vid, and the fact that Sam was so honest about his experiences. It just goes to show that no-one is immune to contracting STIs and that we all need to start talking about them so we know how important it is to protect ourselves... while obviously having a lot of fun at the same time.
Check it out below...
Sam is supporting Public Health England’s ‘Protect Against STIs’ campaign to highlight the importance of being sex smart and using condoms. Visit www.nhs.uk/protect-against-stis-use-a-condom for more information.