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How To Tell Your Family You Have An STD

Coming to terms with being diagnosed with an STD can be a challenging process. It will probably take a bit of time for you to accept your diagnosis and feel comfortable and confident about the future. While you are going through this process, having support from loved ones, particularly close friends and family can be invaluable, but you may be wary of telling them about your condition. Unfortunately STDs can carry a certain amount of stigma, and many people decide not to tell family members and those close to them for fear of a negative reaction.

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Be Prepared

Before you open the topic with anybody it is a good idea to make sure you are prepared and you have access to all the information you need. The person you are telling will probably have questions, and doing a bit of extra research beforehand can help you answer any of their concerns and hopefully alleviate any fears they have.

Be Confident

Remember, having an STD is no reason to feel ashamed or guilty. If you come across as negative about your condition, there is more chance other people will react in the same way. On the other hand, if you are able to explain your situation calmly and in a confident manner, you may increase the likelihood of your audience seeing it in a more positive light.

Don’t Give Too Much Information At Once

Too much information can be overwhelming. It may be best to stick to the basic details to begin with, and let the other person ask questions. Bombarding them with the exact details of who gave you the infection, how you found out and a long list of your symptoms is probably too much information in the beginning. Is it often best to start off with a basic summary of the situation, with a focus on how you are planning to treat your illness and reduce the likelihood of it spreading. Chances are there will be opportunities to discuss details later.

Give Them Space

Allow the person you are telling time to react. Just as it probably took you some time to come to terms with your STD diagnosis, they may need a while to digest the information. Telling loved ones about your STD diagnosis can be incredibly nerve-wracking. Many people, particularly older generations may have been brought up with certain stigmas and perceptions about STDs so it is a good idea to be prepared for any reaction. Confiding in supportive friends and family can help you become closer and provide you with much needed support.

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