US based MeetPositives.com, an online herpes dating platform aimed at people with STIs, is reaching out to help their community discuss their condition with their partner. MeetPositives.com has been in operation since 2014 and aims to make the search for a meaningful relationship easier for people who are living with STIs.
While STIs can have an impact on the body and take a toll on a person’ emotions, the company points out that most of them have cures. The ones that cannot be cured can be treated — which means that with the right course of treatment, anyone living with an STI can lead a perfectly healthy life without the symptoms of their disease. However, though treatments may eliminate the symptoms, it does not mean that the infected party cannot spread the infection to others.
In most cases, STIs become a significant issue because a great number of infected people can be asymptomatic. This makes it very important for everyone to make sure they are tested. If one is tested and finds out that they have an STI, it is vital that they inform others. First and foremost, they should inform their past and present sexual partners, if there are any. In the future, they also need to be upfront about their condition with any potential sexual partners. It is normal to have anxiety about this communication; however, these steps are important to ensure that everyone involved is protected and safe.
There are also a number of other reasons why it is vital to let sexual partners know about an STI. To start with, in certain states, it is a criminal offense not to share information about an STI with a partner. Further, some STIs can cause fertility problems later in life, and some others can have life-threatening complications if not caught and treated early. The person with the STI also risks reinfection if they are treated for a curable infection while their partner is not.
While there are many reasons why everyone must share their condition with a new sexual partner, the conversation is not one that is pleasant. However, it is an important conversation, and as such, keeping certain points in mind can help ease communication.
The company’s first piece of advice is for the individual to put themselves in their partner’s position. They say, “Try to imagine what you would expect someone to tell you if you were in their shoes. You should be proud of the steps you are about to take. The will to disclose this personal information is a sign that you care about their health and your relationship. People are more likely to trust an honest and brave person in matters related to STIs.”
They also recommend getting straight to the point, announcing to the partner that they should have a conversation about STIs. Additionally, while it is true that being honest and open is important, there is no reason to give every detail about past relationships. It can also help to not try to control the conversation and let everything flow naturally, allowing for questions or concerns that a partner might have. Once the conversation is done, it is important that they are not pushed for an instant decision. While it is normal to have an urge for acceptance after disclosing such information, it is crucial to allow a partner time to digest the information.
If, after the conversation, there is a decision not to engage in sexual intercourse, there are other ways to express love for each other. If however, there is a decision to continue with sexual intercourse, make sure both parties understand all the safe methods involving that particular STI so that the relationship can proceed safely. The blog space on MeetPositives.com goes into further detail about every aspect of this, including what to do in the case of a positive STI test when an individual is already in a relationship.
Those who want to learn more about the dating site for herpes and the various services they provide can find more information on the company’s website. They encourage interested parties to get in touch with Michael Task of MeetPositives.com directly via email or phone. They can also be reached through the contact form on their website. MeetPositives.com also maintains a presence on Facebook where they frequently post updates on their community and associated programs.
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