TMI: Are Some Things Better Left Unsaid in Relationships?

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3.  Sexually transmitted infections that have been cured.

The last thing you may want to do is explain your medicine cabinet collection of Monistat, and I hate to break it you, but a discussion about STIs and sexual history is never pleasant.   Positive diagnosis of incurable STIs like herpes and HIV are obviously things that you would want to know about your partner, and in some states it’s even a criminal offense to not reveal a confirmed diagnosis with sexual partners.  But what about a gonorrhea infection you experienced years ago that’s long gone?  Is this something you need to reveal?

If my partner had an STI in the past, curable or not, I would want to know and feel that I should extend that same courtesy in revealing my sexual past.  Your sexual history is one of those things that in fact can affect your present.  Some STIs can affect fertility and doctors agree that if you’ve been infected with an STI you’re more susceptible to contracting STIs in the future.  So while you may not want to make every partner fill out a health history chart every time you do the deed, sexual history should be on a need to know basis and anyone you’re sexually involved with needs to know.

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