Intimate Dating Partners Beware
Even if you do not have a sexually transmitted disease, it does not follow that your prospective dating partner is also free of these conditions. Therefore, regardless of your current health condition, you will need to have a discussion about this before engaging in sexual activity with a new dating partner. In addition, if you have not had this discussion with an existing partner, you should still bring up the topic as soon as possible.
Many people feel that STD's are an extremely sensitive topic. Because HIV is life threatening, some singles may feel it is the only STD that needs to be discussed immediately. Unfortunately, almost every other STD also has serious personal consequences. In addition, children born to parents with certain STD's are at high risk for heart and brain damage, as well as learning problems.
Others feel that condoms are an easy way to prevent STD's, and thus, a means to putting off a conversation about these conditions. While condoms are effective, they are not a 100% guarantee. Accidents happen, as do inferior products.
Regardless of how uncomfortable you feel about approaching the topic of STD's, it literally means your life, as well as the life and well being of any children you might have. We have all heard the horror stories of people that say they have been tested or worse yet, lie and say they have no STD's.
The bottom line is STD's is a topic where each dating partner has to put their money where their mouth is. You should not compromise on the demand for both of you to have simultaneous STD screening. If this ends a relationship, you are better off knowing early on. On the other hand, if the discussion goes well, it is a serious matter that is out of the way. Consider the STD issue as one of your testing grounds that can also be a time saver. How this discussion proceeds may well determine what the rest of your relationship, or even a marriage would be like.
While dating is meant to be a fun, enjoyable experience, you also must consider your future, and what you want to accomplish. Regardless of whether or not you have STD's, these diseases can affect your life, as well as your genetic heritage. In this sense, simultaneous STD testing is a bit like performing a job task. It is the responsibility of dating singles to discuss it, and get tested as soon as possible.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Nov 10, 2007 8:27 am
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