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Talking to Your Partner About STDs

Before you decide to have intercourse with your partner, you need to have a talk with them about STDs. It might be a short talk if neither of you has one and don’t have reason to think you might, or it might be a lengthy discussion. However, if you find yourself blushing or nervous, you might not be ready to have sex yet.

The STD Talk

Before You Talk

Know the Facts

It’s easier to talk about STDs once you recognize them as medical problems — with serious health consequences. If you have an STD, know everything there is to know so you are confident in answering your partner’s questions. Use a reliable source, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they have materials you can print as well.

Know Why You’re Talking

If you are in a hetero or male homosexual relationship, you’ll want to be sure that your partner is in agreement about using condoms. Ask if your partner has ever had an STD that he or she knows about. Thinking about your concerns helps you prepare.

Plan What to Say

Difficult conversations benefit from good planning. Write down the most important points and bring your notes with you in case you forget what you wanted to say. You can also prepare by getting tested.

Start the Conversation

You should both agree on a time to talk about this, so when the time comes, just jump in — someone has to! Start by saying something like, “We’re both ready to have sex and I want both of us to be able to relax and enjoy it. I would feel better if we had a little talk about STDs and protection first.”

Both Sides Should Take Responsibility

Even if you’re pretty sure you don’t have an STD, it may be beneficial to get a test for your partner to feel safe. Both partners should get tested and talk about the results together. Another idea is to go to the clinic together to discuss the results and what it means.

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