If you and your partner have decided that you want to have sex, it can be difficult to bring up the subjects of STDs. Talking to your partner about STD testing isn’t the easiest conversation to start, but it’s very important for your relationship. If you want to talk to your partner about visiting an std testing center, here are some suggestions about what you should say, and how to say it.
When planning what how to approach the topic of STD testing, think about the concerns you have. Do initial research before starting the conversation, and get a good understanding of what STDs are and how you can contract them. It may also be helpful to look up the locations of your local STD testing centers, which you can suggest to your partner after you’ve agreed to get tested.
When bringing up STD, try to approach the subject in a non-accusatory way. Make sure to stress that you are not suggesting they are hiding something from you, but rather that you want to make sure that you are both safe. If your partner says they do not need to be tested, ask them why they think that, and try to talk through their apprehension. Approaching the conversation with factual, medical terminology can help take away some of the stigmitisim of the conversation, and helps you avoid an accusatory tone.
Every time you have a new sexual partner, it’s important to talk about the possibility of STDs. Even if your partner doesn’t show any symptoms, it’s still possible that they could carry something contagious that will spread to you. Show them you’re concerned about your relationship by scheduling to get tested together, before you have sex. If you don’t want to wait to see a doctor, most walk in clinics provide same day STD testings that are anonymous and confidential.