Conflict Resolution-Setting Ground Rule

Suzy: Hey Mike, we have been dating a little while now and you mentioned you wanted our relationship to go to the next level. I would like that as well, but before we take the step to being intimate I think there are some things we should discuss.

Mike: Ok, I do want us to move on to the next level Suzy, so what would you like to discuss?

Suzy: Well how do you feel about us going together and get tested for STD’s so that way before we take that step we both of a clear mind about what we are getting into with each.

We have both been involved with other people before we started dating so it would just be peace of mind to us.

Mike: Your right with all the sexually transmitted diseases out there these days it like that bacterial infection chlamydia that gets tested by looking at a culture from a sore, or pus through a microscope or through a blood test and both males and females can catch it.

Other bacterial sexually transmitted diseases include chancroid, donovanosis, gonorrhea, lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV), mycoplasma genitalium. Nongonococcal, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), syphilis, and vaginitis.

Viral sexually transmitted diseases include cytomegalovirus, genital warts, herpes (HSV1 & HSV2) HIV/AIDS, HTLV, Hepatitis (A, B, & C), molluscum contagiosum, mononucleosis (MONO), Vaginitis and Zika.

Parasitic diseases may include intestinal parasites, pubic lice, scabies, trichomoniasis, and vaginitis. Almost all sexually transmitted diseases are usually treated with at least one round of antibiotic if not more.

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Testing for a diagnosis for sexually transmitted diseases may include but aren’t limited to: blood tests, vaginal swabs, penis swabs, mucus swabs, pus swabs, biopsy’s, urine tests, culture tests and physical visual examinations.

Suzy: Thank you so much for understanding. I wouldn’t want to be in a compromising situation and then try to start talking about unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases and getting tested for them. Intimacy and sex is a very important thing in relationships and it is important for us to be able to talk about it. I have had an abnormal pap smear and had to get retested. I read some information that if you have an STD or STI and if it is left untreated it can lead to infertility problems, health risks such as cancer and sterility in both men and women. Ideally people should be tested annually unless you practice in unsafe sex with multiple partners. Then you should get tested a bit more regularly. If you start to show symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease or infection, go get tested right away. Have you ever been tested for an STD or STI before?

Mike: Yes, I have been tested before. Have you? I mean, it’s ok since we are talking about this and wanting to move forward in our relationship and it is important that we get these things out in the open now rather than later. Have you ever tried drugs or used a shared needle with anyone?

Suzy: I’m not offended we need to talk about these things and to answer your questions, yes, I have been tested for STD’s before and no I have never done drugs or shared needled with anyone. I have always feared those things. Were there specific reasons you got tested previously? I was tested when I was with my last boyfriend because we both had been with multiple partners in our past before we got together, and we got tested before we made the decision to have sex. I have read somewhere that HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and trichomoniasis can all go undetected and almost symptom free. I (Sexually Transmitted Diseases, n.d.)

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(Hepatitis A, Division of Viral Hepatitis, n.d.) (STD Facts – Trichomoniasis, n.d.) (Hiv/Aids, n.d.) (The Basics of Genital Herpes, n.d.) (STD Facts – Human papillomavirus (HPV), n.d.)

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If you start to notice symptoms such as burning, itching, discharge, odor, unusual bleeding, painful sex, soreness, or redness than you should probably make an appointment and get checked.

Mike: Yea, last time I got tested I read all the statistics on it so I am glad that we are talking about this in the open because some people are still in fear or embarrassment or uncomfortable talking about sex and the diseases you could possible catch by having unprotected sex and unaware of the person your sleeping with sexual health.

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