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How To Talk To Your Partner About STDs

How To Talk To Your Partner About STDs
How To Talk To Your Partner About STDs 1024 683 Sandeep Jain, MD

It’s the talk that no one wants to have — the one about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Although it isn’t easy, STDs should be the topic of your next conversation. There are many myths surrounding STDs, such as you have to sleep with lots of people to get an STD. This is simply not true. These myths can cause you to not get tested. However, learning about your partner’s sexual history and getting tested are ways to keep your body healthy.

STD’s are more common than you think, which is why it is very important to talk about them. Data from the New York State’s Department of Health for 2017 indicate that the rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia are increasing in New York. STD’s are especially high among millennials. More than 50 percent of STD’s occur in people younger than 26. Surprisingly, you don’t even have to have sex with a partner to get an STD. As a matter of fact, you can get an STD through skin-to-skin genital contact.  Here are some tips to help you bring up STDs with your partner.

#1 Educate Yourself

First, read up on STD’s to make sure you have the facts. Learning about STD’s will help you avoid common myths and misconceptions that could derail your conversation. Make sure you view information from reliable websites like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

#2 Choose The Right Setting

Pick the right place to have the talk. Don’t bring up the conversation in the middle of dinner at your favorite restaurant. Choose a quiet, calm setting where there will not be any interruptions.

#3 Pick The Right Time

The earlier that you have the talk in your relationship, the better. Don’t wait until you are in bed about to have sex to bring up the topic. Likewise, this is not something that you want to wait until after the condom breaks to discuss — by then it’s way too late. So, have the conversation early. That way, you and your partner will have time to process the information. Then, make an appointment together for STD testing.

# 4 Be Honest

Honesty should be something that you strive for in any relationship. It is the building block for a healthy partnership. So, be honest about how many partners you have been with and your sexual health. Don’t hide things from your partner. It will only cause problems later. If you have had an STD in the past, tell your partner. Being honest about your own history can help your partner feel comfortable sharing things with you, as well.

#5 Get Tested Together

Most STD’s are curable. Treatment can help manage or minimize the symptoms of those STDs that are incurable. Going with your partner to get STD testing can help make the process a little easier. Having the support and encouragement of your significant other can help reduce some of the pressure.

Are you ready to get tested? Get STD results fast with testing. Schedule an appointment for your STD testing in New York today.

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