Tell Your Partner About Your STD Before You Get Sued

Despite how common it is to have an , it’s easy to feel alone and scared because of your diagnosis. Even high-profile celebs like Charlie Sheen feel this pressure. After he came out as HIV-positive, the most shocking part of his reveal was that he paid millions of dollars over the past few years to keep his diagnosis a secret.

 

STDs, also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), affect one in two sexually active persons by age 25. That number seems ridiculously high, but it points to one fact: STDs are common, and they aren’t the end of the world.

 

We had a weeklong -ed course at my middle school. It was the most talked-about week of the school year because, on the very last day, we were going to learn about the most off-limits topic of all: STD facts.

 

We sat around our desks and stared at the overhead projector. Our teacher told us that STDs can and probably will ruin our lives. She showed us images of genitalia that had been infected with chlamydia, covered in herpes sores, and swarmed with pubic lice. She said, “This can happen to you if you have sex.” We were horrified.

 

Sex-ed week did teach us a number of important lessons about safe sex, but it also forced us to be afraid of herpes instead of talking about real STD facts.

 

Despite how common it is to have an STD, it’s easy to feel alone and scared because of your diagnosis. Even high-profile celebs like Charlie Sheen feel this pressure. After he came out as HIV-positive, the most shocking part of his reveal was that he paid millions of dollars over the past few years to keep his diagnosis a secret.

 

STDs, also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), affect one in two sexually active persons by age 25. That number seems ridiculously high, but it points to one fact: STDs are common, and they aren’t the end of the world.

 

We had a weeklong sex-ed course at my middle school. It was the most talked-about week of the school year because, on the very last day, we were going to learn about the most off-limits topic of all: STD facts.

 

We sat around our desks and stared at the overhead projector. Our teacher told us that STDs can and probably will ruin our lives. She showed us images of genitalia that had been infected with chlamydia, covered in herpes sores, and swarmed with pubic lice. She said, “This can happen to you if you have sex.” We were horrified.

 

Sex-ed week did teach us a number of important lessons about safe sex, but it also forced us to be afraid of herpes instead of talking about real STD facts.

 

 

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