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For many people, one of the scariest things about learning they have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is the thought of dating with it. They may question how to talk about their diagnosis with a new or existing partner.

Other times, it's because being open and honest about sexual health is a good way to turn up the intimacy and heat.

Dating with STDs wouldn't seem nearly as difficult if people made a habit of talking about sex before having it.

The hardest part of STD dating is dealing with stigma.

Many people believe that having an STD makes a person dirty or unlovable. The more people realize how common STDs are, the harder it is to judge someone for having them.

It also increases the risk of someone saying something they'll regret. Others save the conversation for before physical intimacy, but after they've determined a potential partner is someone they feel safe talking to.

Still others put it on the table even before going on a first date.

Unfortunately, in most social circles that is the exception rather than the rule. They'd discuss those results before having sex with a new partner.

They'd make conscious decisions about practicing (or not practicing) safe sex.

If they're sad, they may question whether they're still desirable. However, millions of people manage to date happily with STDs.

Sometimes, that's because they don't know they have an STD.

That's not a time when people are capable of making good decisions.