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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 How to talk to your partner about STDs and HIV What Is a STD and how do I know I have a STD Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect the body (also called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs) are common. Luckily, many can be cured. And those that can't (like herpes or HIV/AIDS) can still be treated to help with symptoms, Atlhough the infection can still spread to other people. Find a good time to talk Find a good time and a quiet place to talk. Talk before you have sex,and when you start, bring up the topic in a matter-of-fact way. Talk in a calm matter and say something like "We've talked about having sex and I think I'm ready. I want to be able to relax and enjoy it, and I won't unless I know we're protected against STDs." See how your partner responds After introducing the topic wait for a response from your partner. Everyone reacts differently. Ask what they think about STDs and see if you can come up with an agreement, and go over the topic of using a condom. Getting tested It is very important to get tested when you and your partner are sexualy active. When getting tested for STD's search for options on where to go and talk to your partner about going in together to get tested. Listen to your partners point of view Be a good listener,and show respect for your partner on thier opinions. This all may seem nerve racking, but after talking through it and coming up with a safe plan with your partner will make it easier. If you are too uncomfterable talking to your partner try talking to a doctor first Helping your relationship Having this conversation may be awkward, but it's a lot less uncomfortable than discovering you have an STD or that you gave one to your partner. It's also a great way to learn more about your partner and your relationship The Facts How do you get infected?Having any kind of sex puts you at risk for an STD. (HIV is also spread through body fluids and attacks the immune system).What are risk factors?Women with new or multiple sex partnersPregnant womenGay or bisexual men who have sexWhy is reducing the risk important?Avoid passing it on to partners.Insure your health.How do you use communication skills to reduce/ eliminate risk?Ask your doctor about STD and HIV testing especially if you are at a greater risk for infection. Other ways to eliminate risk?Being sexually active means that it is important to ask a healthcare provider about STD testing. Why is this relevant to students live/ real world?If not now most of you will probably become sexually active in the future and in order to protect your health it is important to know the risks of obtaining an STD and ways to lower your risk. Using effective communication skills and remembering these tips will help you stay safe and healthy. What sources can you use for further questions?For STD testing talk to health professional. Personal questions can be answered by your offers lots of valuable information on the spot.
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