Prevent the spread of STDs with a little personal integrity

I had a great question come to me today via Formspring and I though i should share my response:

Have you ever concealed an STD from a partner? Have you ever had a partner lie about their STD status? by TracyClarkFlory

my response:  I have never knowingly concealed an STD from a partner. And I do disclose the last date of my testing and any activity I’ve had where the risks have been unclear so they could make an informed decision.

I have had someone hide their STD status from me. Or at least try to. He had been booking a trip to see me when I found out by chance he had genital warts. He wouldn’t discuss it and didn’t seem interested in having a conversation with me about how I could best protect myself. Fortunately, I had enough indicators that he had issues with personal integrity that this didn’t come as a surprise to me and it made it easier to act on my gut feeling and tell him not to come see me.

I have had several partners give me full and open disclosure about their status and any potentially risky contact they’ve had with others. I can then assess my own risk and make an informed decision with the consent of my committed partners.

Integrity…there is just no substitute.

Posted on May 12, 2011, in Sexuality and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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