Living with an STD and how it changes your Life

More than 60 million people in the United States are living with a sexually transmitted disease or STD. Those with sexually transmitted diseases find it very difficult and challenging. These individuals can lead a normal life with the proper treatment and attitude. Although life changing, there are ways that individuals can cope with having a sexually transmitted disease.

After Diagnosis

After a person has been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, they must educate themselves about the particular disease. Medical professionals can provide information about disease management. Some STD’s are curable while others are not. Options in treating the STD’s will vary.

Many individuals lose their quality of life due to the stigmas surrounding the disease and their own shame. Sexually transmitted diseases are just like other diseases and needs medical attention. Having an STD makes the person no less of an individual than any other type of disease. Anger is often an issue for many sufferers. At some point, in may be necessary for people with STD’s to get counseling for the emotional issues that develop. Support is often the key to healing.

Relationships and STD’s

Many people find that trying to have a relationship when you have a sexually transmitted disease can be rather overwhelming. It is important to be very honest with your partner before the relationship develops into a more intimate one. It is not an easy task. The person must be knowledgeable and confident in what they are saying. Most will be met with support and openness; however, because of fear some may not.

Protecting a Partner

When living with a sexually transmitted disease, it is important to protect your partner from contracting the disease. In the following, there are some suggestions for keeping a partner safe and free of an STD.

  • Always wear a latex condom. You should never have sex with a person without a condom for protection. If the STD is herpes, you should not have sex during the prodromal period or during an outbreak.
  • Never kiss a person with cold sores. HSV-1 is transmitted in this way and is incurable.
  • Always get tested. Some STD’s are undetectable unless testing is performed by medical professionals.
  • Vaccines can be attained to protect one from certain viruses. You can check with your health care provider to find out more information on suitable vaccines.
  • Entering into a monogamous relationship is the easiest way to protect a partner. Faithfulness and commitment will reduce the chances of becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease.

Although many people have sexually transmitted diseases, it is possible to live your entire life free of this type of disease. For those with the disease, it is possible to lead a very normal and happy life, by simply getting the help needed and participating in careful and safe sex. You can live a long and fulfilling life.

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