So, your suspicions were correct. You’ve been tested for an STD and received positive results.
As humiliating as it might seem to hear such news, it carries a certain level of responsibility that you now must take on.
There are some things you need to do to protect yourself and others against additional STDs in the future. Here’s what you need to do when you find out you have an STD.
Have an STD? Follow These Steps After Diagnosis
Practice Safe Sex to Prevent Others from Getting the STD
Use protection with every sexual partner you have upon learning you have an STD. Prevent the spread of the infection to others with contraceptives. Even if you think you’ve already exposed your partner to an STD, you should immediately start using protection and practicing safer sex as a precautionary measure. If asked why you’ve elected to undergo STD testing, be honest with your partner and let them know it was in your best interest to find out so you could prevent the transmission of the sexually transmitted disease to others.
Complete Treatment Options Right Away
If the STD is bacterial and your doctor prescribes a treatment plan, make sure to carry it out. Do exactly what was asked of you so you can prevent future outbreaks. If you don’t take all of an antibiotic, your body builds up a resistance against it preventing the treatment from working on you in the future. Resist having sexual intercourse with your partner until the two of you have completed treatment, however, so that you don’t risk passing the STD to one another a second time.
Inform Your Sexual Partner(s)
Although it is difficult to bring up the topic of STDs, it’s your responsibility to be frank with your sexual partners about your sexual health. It’s how you protect yourself and the person you care about from disease and future outbreaks.
If you’re not comfortable having the discussion in person, there are options for you. One service allows you to send an anonymous email to a partner with details about what type of STD you have so they can also be tested and seek treatment for the disease if they, too, have it. This will help you ensure that all your old sexual partners are informed about their potential STD.