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Dating and STD's...

06 January 2015, 17:01 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi -Everyone is being grown up and having sex, even teenagers are having sex but not everyone is being an adult and protecting themselves. So it should never be that surprising that cases of every nameable, even unheard of cases of STDs are constantly rising.

We are still going to date, we are still going to have sex and condoms are not 100% effective. So how do you date and have a relationship while getting away from the STD factor? The only thing left to do is to ask your partner whether they are clean but how do you get to it without offending anyone because the conversation could get weird.

Rule No. 1 is to always protect yourself

Do not go around having sex if youare ashamed to buy condoms. It is only the wise men... and women that will protect themselves when having sex. I have a friend, who has a friend that always quips that,’ the cleanest people are prostitutes’ and the first time I heard this I was every bit the skeptic but after talking to a few  male friends they stick by the same rule. Rule of thumb here is that prostitutes are always armed with a pack of condoms. Yet people who claim to be in relationships forego using condoms and most couples are rarely even sure of how trustworthy or committed their partner is to them and better yet, others are not aware of their partner’s status.

Go ahead and ask

The first thing that comes to mind is that you do not want to offend anyone, the next is that they can probably lie and you will have no means of finding out, but it is always good to ask. You have a good partner if they do not get angry or defensive because they obviously have nothing to hide. You should be worried when someone gets angry when you ask them because they might be clean but are defensive because they are either not committed solely to you, or are just still looking outside for other partners.

Condoms can only go so far

They are good for a good number of cases but herpes can be transmitted through mouth sores and you do not want to deal with herpes. So if you are being exclusive with someone, sit them down and have the talk.  Make it about the both of you being tested together, not asking them to go get tested, that is the easiest and best way of getting your partner to be open about the whole situation. Because pointing fingers will only make them think that you do not trust them.

Bottomline is to stay healthy when you open yourself up to dating, and not just for people dating but married and people in relationships or married get tested constantly and do it together so that no one gets on the offensive.

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