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Dating Someone Else With An STD

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It is an unfortunate fact that stigma around STDs is still around in our society. Although STDs are merely infections like any other, they do still have a lot of negative associations surrounding them, which can make those who have them feel uncomfortable disclosing their status to new partners for fear of rejection. Dating another person with the same STD can seem like an ideal solution. Someone else in the same position won’t judge you for your infection, and you don’t have to worry about passing the illness on to them. 

A Word of Warning
As many STDs have different strains associated with them, particularly HIV and herpes, it is important that you do your research regarding the risk of re-infection, or passing on a different strain of the infection to your partner. Having one STD does not mean you can’t catch another one, and you may even be more susceptible to becoming infected, particularly if the illness you have causes sores or bleeding. Just because your partner has the same S…

Contacting Previous Partners When You Have An STD

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One of the most uncomfortable parts of learning that you have been infected with an STD is the thought of telling your previous partners. If you have found out that you have an STD, it is essential that you inform your previous recent partners so that they can get tested and avoid spreading the infection further.

There are a number of reasons you may not feel comfortable contacting previous partners. Guilt, shame and embarrassment are common reactions to an STD diagnosis, and in addition to this, you may also feel anger towards the person who gave you the infection. If your previous partner was abusive, you may not feel safe getting in contact with them, particularly to tell them something that could cause a volatile reaction.
There are a number of ways you can contact your previous partners to inform them. A quick phone call, text or email is convenient for many people, and in the majority of cases should be enough to motivate them to seek testing. If you would prefer to do it anon…