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I told my partner that I have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and they broke up with me. What can I do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?

Good for you for being honest and telling your partner that you have an STD. It can be a scary thing to do, and even if it did not turn out the way you hoped, you were honest and brave. You should be proud of yourself for that.

Unfortunately, no matter how honest you are about telling people about your STD status, you cannot control how they will react. The good thing is that just as there are experiences like the one you just had, there are good ones too. There are people who will be willing to learn about your particular STD, talk to you about it and do what they can to protect themselves.

You can also check out the American Sexual Health Association website. They have a lot of resources for people living with STDs, including advice about telling partners, protecting partners from being infected and information about local support groups.

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