April To-Dos

April is an exciting month! It's when the weather really gets nice and warm. It's when the flowers wake up. It's when all the fun end of the year social events start happening. For me, it's also my birth month, so it feels like a whole new beginning!

Bake something delicious. Share a night of fun with friends by getting together to bake cookies or cupcakes! Or maybe just share the end result of a night by the oven's warm glow after the fact with your friends or coworkers. We could all use a pick me up, right?

Get tested. April is STD Testing month! It's really important to get tested regularly because STDs can spread even with just one exposure, and some can take months and even years to show symptoms. They can spread especially quickly in younger populations, which makes college campuses startlingly prone to outbreaks. Have as much sex as you want with whoever you want, but be responsible about it.

In addition, if you are someone who might have sex with women, or someone who might have sex with someone who might have sex with women, be sure to get the HPV shot. Lots of women have already gotten the vaccine that protects against certain ovarian cancer causing strains of HPV, but not nearly enough men have received it. You can still be a carrier and create more carriers even if you're a guy. Even if you're a gay guy! Do your part to help the community by being safe and responsible for your sexual activity.

Make more birthdays happen. Speaking of cancer, it sucks! It makes it so that not everyone can get to their birthday. The American Cancer Society funds research and provide free resources for patients and their families. They can give patients rides to treatments if they can't make it themselves. They have lodges where patients and caregivers can stay if they need to get treatment at a far from home cancer treatment center. Donate here and help me reach $100 in donations by April 10!

Get a pastel manicure. Springtime has arrived and it's a good opportunity to do your nails in some cute pastels or floral designs. It's also a good time to do your toenails in time for sandal season.

What's on your April to do list?


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