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I panic over catching an STI after every hookup. How can I release this obsession & enjoy sex?

Hi Jake, I’m pretty new to the gay scene. I’m out to my friends at college, but not yet to my family. For the first time, I’m venturing into the world of dating apps. I’ve had a handful of hookups this school year that have been hot and fun, but also…surprisingly stressful.Even though I practice safe sex, I freak out after every encounter, and can’t relax until I get an STI test. I literally lie awake in bed at night and start imagining symptoms, convincing myself I’ve contracted something, even though I never have (yet). At this point, I’m practically on a first name basis with the nurse at my campus clinic, since I’ve been in almost a dozen times since September. It’s getting embarrassing. Subscribe to our newsletter for a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) of LGBTQ+ entertainment and pop culture, served up with a side of eye-candy.I’m really not sure how to deal with this. I’m loving getting to experiment in the ways I’ve always fantasized about, but every encounter is tainted by my anxiety and shame that I might have put myself at risk. Sometimes I wonder if it’s even worth it or not. How can I hookup, have fun, and not feel fear I’m going to catch something? Does it ever get less stressful? Sexually Transmitted UneaseDear Sexually Transmitted Unease,It’s a good thing to be cautious and wary about about your health during sexual encounters, especially if they are casual or anonymous.

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