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Sexual Health & Pregnancy

Talking to Your Partner

couple talking Ways to Talk to Your Partner
It may seem scary talking to sex partner(s) about your infection, but it's important that they get treatment too. If these are people you may keep having sex with, its even more important to discuss—if one partner is untreated, sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
can be passed back and forth over and over.

Know the facts about your STI so that you feel confident
explaining it to someone else. If you are uncomfortable,
they will be uncomfortable.

Ways to Feel Better About Talking to Your Partners

  • Practice saying the words out loud with a friend.

  • Choose a time and place where you won't be distracted
    or interrupted.

  • Be confident. You're not lecturing or confessing. You're sharing personal information.

  • Remain calm. If you're upset, a partner might think it's worse than it is.
While some people may overreact, some won't react at all. Many STI's are curable, but if left untreated, they can cause damage to your body and make it easier for you to get HIV. Take care of yourself and your community. Talk to your partners today

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Health Bulletin #90: How to Prevent Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections