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When Should You Disclose Your STD Status To Prospective Partners?

It’s the conversation nobody wants to have, but it is an inevitable and essential part of dating. Although it is an extremely personal topic, biting the bullet and bringing your STD status out into the open is the most responsible ting to do, so that your partner can make an informed decision about the risks, and you can hopefully reduce the chance of them becoming infected.

Many people fear rejection by future partners when they reveal their STD status, and although unfortunately there are some who would judge a future partner based on their STD, there are plenty of people out there who are happy to look past the diagnosis and see the person behind it. As with any delicate issue in a relationship, there is a time and a place for everything. If you are considering jumping back into dating, or there is someone you are interested in, you may be wondering at what point you should disclose your STD status to your potential partner unless you are going for a website specifically for singles dating other HIV positive people.

You absolutely need to let your partner know about your STD before you engage in sexual intimacy with them. Some people prefer to disclose early on in the relationship to avoid being hurt if their partner rejects them further down the track, when they have built up more of a relationship. Others prefer to wait until they know the person better and have decided they want to take things further. Much of how you make your decision will depend on your personal preference, but there are a few guidelines when it comes to finding the right time for disclosure.

It is a good idea to give the other person some time to process the information, and decide how they want to proceed. Mentioning it when you are about to engage in intimacy is probably not a good idea. Make sure your partner has time to react to the new – they may not want to decide how to proceed straight away, and it is always best not to put them on the spot. Give them time to find out more, and make the right choice for them.

Choose a time when you are alone and relaxed, not in the heat of an argument or disagreement, and explain your situation calmly and in a matter of fact way, without being overly dramatic or emotional. If you receive a less than positive response straight away, don’t panic, they may just need some time and a bit more information.

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