I Tested Positive for an STD. Now What?
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve recently tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If not you, someone you deeply care for and want to support.
Testing positive for an STD can stir up a whirlwind of emotions like shock, fear, shame, anger, or even guilt. Whatever you feel, it’s important to remember that these emotions––as unwelcomed and scary as they may be––are natural and valid.
Give yourself permission to navigate the spectrum of emotion without judgment. Rather than walk this path alone, reach out to trusted confidants who can support you and provide support and perspective.
We, too, are here to help by providing you with the guidance and reassurance needed to progress.
Surrender Control and Reach Out for Help
Knowledge is power, and there are steps you can take to protect your health and well-being moving forward. If you haven’t already, schedule the earliest available appointment with a healthcare professional who specializes in sexual health. They will be your best ally in providing accurate information and personalized advice.
During your appointment, be open and honest about your sexual history, concerns, and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Your healthcare provider will then conduct a thorough examination and may recommend additional tests to determine the extent of the infection and any potential complications. Remember, they have seen and heard it all before, and their goal is to help you regain control of your health.
Based on your diagnosis, your healthcare provider will discuss treatment options tailored to your situation. Many STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are curable or manageable with the proper medical intervention. Treatment may involve antibiotics, antiviral medication, or other prescribed therapies. While STDs like HIV, hepatitis B, and herpes are without known cures, advancements in medicine and treatment options have made them more manageable than ever.
Regardless of your diagnosis, it’s crucial to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions diligently, complete the full course of treatment, and attend any necessary follow-up appointments.
As you seek professional guidance, don’t forget to lean on your emotional support system. Depending on the severity of your diagnosis, you may want to consider reaching out to support groups or online communities where you can connect with others who have had similar experiences. Sharing your story and listening to others can provide a sense of community and reassurance. Remember, there is no shame in seeking support, and many people have navigated this path successfully before you.
Safe Sex or No Sex
Listen, we get it. Talking about safe sex doesn’t feel so hot in the moment. It can be awkward, uncomfortable, and maybe you’ve avoided the talk altogether for this reason.
But now that you’ve experienced the scare of testing positive for an STD, when would you rather navigate the conversation’s discomfort? Option A: while having the preventative talk with a partner, or Option B: while talking to a doctor after receiving a positive test?
We’re not passing judgment here, but sometimes a bit of perspective helps! You can prevent future infections by honoring your boundaries and practicing safe sex. From condoms to dental dams, familiarize yourself with the numerous ways to protect yourself. Most importantly, know what you’re dealing with by encouraging open and honest communication with your partner(s) about testing and previous sexual experiences.
The fun doesn’t stop there, as regular check-ups and testing are vital for your sexual health. Stay current with screenings and discuss vaccination options for the likes of HPV and hepatitis.
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Life is for Living
Believe it or not, life doesn’t end when you test positive for an STD. Yes, it can be a life-changing event, but no, it doesn’t define you unless you let it.
There are ways to reclaim your power in a time when you maybe feel the most powerless. Firstly, remember that shame and its friends thrive in secrecy and silence. And as you progress on your journey, prioritize self-care by surrounding yourself with supportive and understanding people who uplift and comfort you. Engage in activities that bring you joy, promote your well-being, and remind you of who you are at your core.
You are worthy of love, respect, and happiness, and the best way to reclaim your power is to prioritize your health moving forward. Have the tough conversations with sexual partners, get tested frequently, and keep on top of your treatment options for the best possible health outcome.
You can overcome this hurdle with proper support, medical care, and self-care. Take it one step at a time and remember that brighter days are ahead. You’ve got this!