Excessive use of alcohol or other drugs can cloud your judgment and lead to unsafe sexual practices.
John is a business executive at a box company. Everyone says John is a jokester and has a free spirit.
John isn't married and has no kids but, has a girlfriend who he is serious about. He has had a lot of relationships with many different women and men. He is in no means monogamous.
One night John goes out for a drink with a few co-workers and starts to become tipsy. He and his friend from work, Keenan, recklessly have a few too many drinks and they both black out in his car.
The next morning he finds himself in his friend's bed. The two had unprotected sex.
John gets upset with himself for cheating and for not protecting himself. He decides to tell his girlfriend who is very disappointed and asks for some time to be alone.
In the next three weeks, John notices a reddish-brown sore on his upper lip. It doesn't hurt but he decides to go to his doctor anyway. John tests positive for Syphilis. His doctor quickly suggests to put him on antibiotics.
At work, his sores on his face are noticeable by everyone. His co-workers stay a bot farther away from him than they usually do, and they don't ask him to go out with them anymore.
His girlfriend breaks up with him because she is scared she will contract Syphilis too. She offers to still be hid friend for emotional support however.
Everything that has left John feeling miserable and useless. 6 weeks later, his sores have all disappeared but the damage remains. Syphilis has in deed affected his life emotionally and physically. He only wishes that he made better choices.
John isn't different than us, he makes mistakes like us. But he doesn't want you to make the same mistake as him.