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Dealing with the emotions of a Sexually Transmitted Disease

January 17, 2018 176 12 No Comments

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Sexually transmitted diseases are actually a fairly common occurrence, even though people don’t talk about them. There is a huge stigma associated with emotional effects of STDs, even if you didn’t do anything wrong. There are things you can do to prevent STDs, but, if you are sexually active, there is always a chance you could contract an STD. If you end up in this position, what can you do to deal with the stigma that is associated with an STD?

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Whether you took the proper precautions or not, now is not the time to be beating yourself up. Even if you have a bacterial STD, which will eventually go away completely, you are going to be dealing with some uncomfortable consequences for a while and hating yourself isn’t going to make it any easier. Just because you got an STD, it does not mean that you are a bad person or that you are a slut or anything else that people may try to tell you. Things like this happen, even when you are taking precautions, so don’t listen to the negative voices and don’t be one of those voices.

Get Educated about STDs

Because of the stigma associated STDs, a lot of people don’t know much about them. They may recognize some of the common ones, such as herpes, HIV, or chlamydia, but they may not recognize the symptoms or know about some of the less well-known STDs. Many people also don’t realize the importance of getting tested regularly for STDs and making sure that their partner does the same. It’s important to educate yourself about what you are dealing with. If you are lucky, you have a bacterial STD, which will eventually go away if treated by antibiotics. If you contract a viral STD, you will have to learn to manage it for the rest of your life.

Don’t Freak Out

According to the latest research, approximately 20 million new STDs are diagnosed every year. That doesn’t mean you should brush this under the rug, but it also doesn’t mean that this is the end of the world. If you do end up with an STD, you need to let any recent sexual partners know. You may have contracted it from them, or you may have accidentally passed it on to them without knowing. You also shouldn’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. An STD can wreak havoc on your body, especially if left untreated. Your doctor is the best resource you have for treating your STD, and it isn’t a bad thing. Your doctor can also help you figure out how to avoid getting another STD in the future.

Ultimately, dealing with the stigma of an STD means living your life without fear or shame. Learning from your mistakes is one thing, but carrying them around forever will only make things worse. Learn from this experience and don’t let it destroy your life.

References:

The State of STDs in the United States

What to Do if You Suspect You’ve Been Infected

What is an STD?

Priority STD Testing

Understanding, Treating, and Preventing STDs

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