Starting a new relationship can be both exciting and scary. As you go through the whirlwind of dates and getting to know each other in the part of the relationship often referred to as the “honeymoon” phase, it is easy to forget about some of the more serious topics that come up in relationships. However, in order to protect your health, we recommended having these four discussions with your new partner.
1. Do You or Your Partner Have an STD?
When starting a sexual relationship with a new partner, it may seem awkward to bring up the topic of STDs. However, if you’re going to get intimate with someone, you have the right to know if getting an STD is a possibility, and vice versa. If you know or suspect that you have an STD, talk to your partner about it and seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Your partner should also be honest and open with you about his or her sexual health.
2. The Safe Sex Talk
The best way to prevent the spread of STDs, besides abstaining from sex, is the use of condoms. Latex condoms reduce the spread of STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. Tell your partner that it is important to you to be safe and use comdoms.
3. Getting Tested
Ask your partner about getting STD testing. If you and your partner have not been tested recently, suggest that you both get tested. It is important that you and your partner can be open with each other about sexual health, and getting tested is a good first step.
4. The Monogamy Question
When you enter into a new relationship, often the monogamy question is difficult to approach. It is scary to admit your feelings for another person without knowing whether that other person wants the same things as you. However, you and your partner should have a conversation about whether or not you are monogamous in order to be sure that you both are on the same page about the relationship. The question of monogamy is also important when it comes to sexual health, as having more than one partner increases the risk of contracting an STD.
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