Despite being one of the most common infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) aren’t a common topic of conversation. There’s a lot of fear and shame surrounding STDs, which may be why everyone is so quiet about the subject.
But not talking about STDs may have long-term health consequences. Undiagnosed and untreated STDs are especially detrimental to women, increasing the risk of infertility and gynecological cancer.
At Eve Medical of Miami, we offer private, comprehensive STD testing and treatment. Our contraception and family planning counseling services also include guidance on how you can protect yourself from contracting an STD.
One of the most important ways to protect yourself against STDs is to talk to your partner. Here, we want to share some tips on how to have that talk.
Get the facts about STDs
Many people fear talking about STDs because of the social and emotional stigma attached to the infections. You may find it easier to talk to your partner about STDs if you look at the infections from a medical point of view.
Knowing the potential health consequences of STDs may help you and your partner understand why it’s important to take precautions.
Getting tested for STDs before you talk to your partner may also be helpful. Our counselors can provide the medical information you need. Plus, we can give you specific tips based on your sexual history, STD results, and your relationship status.
Plan what you want to say
Like any difficult conversation, you may have an easier time talking to your partner if you plan ahead. Though you can’t predict exactly how the conversation will go, you can make a plan for how you want to start the talk and the points you want to make.
Write out a script and read it outloud. Listening to your “talk” can help you create the right tone. Sharing your STD results may be a great conversation starter.
Pick the right moment for the talk
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion says you should talk to your partner about STDs before having sex. It’s easier to have an open and honest conversation when you both have your clothes on.
Though there’s no right time to have the conversation, you may find it easier to talk to your partner about STDs when you both decide you want a more intimate relationship. You can suggest you both get tested, noting that many STDs develop without causing symptoms.
The STD conversation is also a good time to talk about your sexual history and the types of contraception you use to protect yourself and your sexual partner.
Agree to stay safe
One of the most important reasons you need to talk about STDs with your partner is so that you both stay safe. In addition to STD testing, you both want to make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to contraception.
Sexual health is an important part of your overall health and well-being. Taking the time to talk to your partner about STDs keeps you both healthy and increases the enjoyment of your intimate moments.
We know it’s not easy talking to your partner about STDs, but having an open and honest conversation about it may improve your relationship.
Let us help you develop conversation starters for the “talk.” Call our office in Miami, Florida, or request an appointment here on the website.