Tips for Having a Frank Conversation about STDs with a New Partner

Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease isn’t something anyone enjoys hearing. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this even before being intimate with a new partner. By simply having a frank conversation about past activities and current or previous diagnoses, a person can make important decisions that can affect the rest of their lives.

In some cases, a person will find out that their new love has participated in risky activity in the past and need further information, such as current negative test results, before they take the relationship to the next level. As this article at suggests, even though this conversation could be uncomfortable, it’s important to have it sooner rather than later. Asking questions about STD in the heat of the moment will certainly kill the mood and might even lessen the interest someone has in their potential partner.

The best time to have this talk is during the courting phase of the relationship. Around the time when the two people feel comfortable enough with each other to have an intimate conversation like this but before they have made it to the bedroom is ideal. When it’s done correctly, talking about risks can make a relationship stronger. It can also enhance the couple’s intimacy because they won’t be worried about what they could potentially catch from their partner. If a person finds their partner is currently infected with an STD, it’s important to remain calm and find out about the options available to them. Sex may not be out of the questions but it will be important to be extra careful to avoid transmission. Regular testing will also be very important if this is the case.

Having a partner who is free of sexually transmitted diseases can give a person peace of mind. However, unless the relationship is exclusive, there is always a chance one partner could infect the other. Being honest with one another is very important because it allows the other person to make decisions about how they would like to protect themselves from infections. Knowing whether a partner has relations with other partners is critical to assessing current and future risk.