Action Plan

If you have discovered that you have a STD, you should inform your current partner or if you are single you should inform your new partner of your history prior to sexual activities. Therefore, he or she can go get tested, as well. You should discuss the information that has been provided to you from your health care provider with your partner. While communicating with your partner you should remember that your partner may feel angry and/or defensive about the situation. Give your partner a chance to take in all information given and to process their reactions. This will allow them a chance to work through a diagnosis. You may also want to make an appointment together to talk with a counselor or a sexual health educator to discuss ways to alter your sex life to decrease possible exposure, or great tips on how to talk to your partner. You should also consider sharing your feelings with a close friend, family member or counselor you trust. Some bacterial STDs can be treated with a high dose of antibiotics, therefore it is highly important that you follow exactly what your provider recommends. Not only is it important to let your current partner and future partners aware of your diagnoses, but also your past sexual partner, if any so they can get tested, as well. There are many facilities to get tested from, such as your local Planned Parenthood health center, other clinics, private health care providers, and health departments.

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