It's important to have an honest conversation with your partner about their STD status before engaging in any kind of sexual activity. This can be a difficult conversation to have, but it is essential for both of your safety and well-being. Before talking to your partner, it is important to talk to your doctor about getting tested for STDs and learning about your health status and risks. Once you know your status, it is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner about their STD status and the steps you can take to stay safe.
When having this conversation, it is important to listen instead of talking all the time. Every person reacts differently to news, so be prepared for your partner to be surprised. It is also important to let your partner know which STIs you tested positive for and what the next steps will be for you. In addition, you should discuss what type of birth control method you will use and how often each of you should be tested for STDs. It is also important to let your partner know that before you have sex, you want to know what each one is facing and take steps to stay safe.
If you or your partner decide not to have sex, there are other ways you can be intimate or express your feelings for each other. It is the responsibility of each person to protect themselves in their sexual relationships. That means actively discussing the last time you were tested, sharing your results, and asking your partner the same question. Talking about test results and safe sex before having sex is essential for both of your safety and well-being. If you approach the conversation with candor and a relaxed attitude, you'll ease any tension you and your partner may feel when talking about sexual health. Be honest in letting your partner know that before you have sex, you want to know what each one is facing and take steps to stay safe. If you think you have an STD or have questions about STDs, talk to a doctor, sexual health clinic, or student health center.
Getting tested for STIs is not only a way to take care of your own health, but also that of your partner.