Stds and dating

If they're sad, they may question whether they're still desirable. However, millions of people manage to date happily with STDs.

Sometimes, that's because they don't know they have an STD.

A reader sent me an email and asked me if I would ever date someone with an incurable STD. ” So that’s my honest answer, and I’m a little ashamed of it.

She had recently been diagnosed with the HSV virus (that’s herpes, y’all), and wanted my answer to be honest and not “PC.” So here it is goes, my unvarnished, gut reaction to the question: No, I would not date someone with an incurable STD. Because I should know better, considering how I spent the early ’90s, the height of AIDS hysteria, in high school.

Gonorrhea cases are up 52 percent in the last decade, with 2,688 cases in 2015.

Massachusetts ranked ninth lowest in chlamydia incidence, but there were still almost 24,000 cases that year, making it the most frequently reported infection in the commonwealth – a 57 percent increase over the last 10 years.

Many wonderful people faced their death bravely, and many more hearts were ground into hamburger. But we’re not talking about a rational response to an inconvenient and manageable affliction. Why is it that all of the names for STDs sound so gross? I remember a considerably older degenerate at a southern dive bar taking me under his tattooed wing one night and bellowing, “You’re not a man unless you’ve had the Clap three times!Other times, it's because being open and honest about sexual health is a good way to turn up the intimacy and heat.Dating with STDs wouldn't seem nearly as difficult if people made a habit of talking about sex before having it.Primary and secondary syphilis are the most infectious stages of the disease, and if not adequately treated, can lead to long-term infection which can cause visual impairment and stroke.Syphilis infection can also place a person at increased risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV infection.“Our study results suggest that there is a new social route of HIV transmission that is taking place in this digital era,” the report says.


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