Having or even talking about having a Sexually Transmitted Disease at one time was something that no one mentioned or got together to discuss and ask for advice, most people were even too ashamed to visit their own practitioners to gain advice or ask for help or a diagnosis that’s how embarrassed they were to talk of such things with anyone. If they did in fact find that they were suffering from an STD they would never divulge it to the rest of the people who lived around them as they were most certainly afraid of being classed as someone who sold themselves and had sex with strangers just so they and their families could eat, or because they were the lowest of the low and were looked down upon and shunned by others. This then led to social exclusion with the victim being embarrassed to be seen out of their homes, and so would lead to isolation, despair and lots of mental health issues.

However, when I look back at the last thirty years or so I can actually see progress has finally been made to help and educate people on sexual health matters. So this has then removed the biggest part of the stigma and embarrassment that having a STD or STI used to cause.

Along with better health care provision and a team of more sympathetic health professionals and practice nurses who are willing to listen and advise sexual health is no longer seen as a topic that cannot be talked about in the public anymore. 

New treatment medications have also become much more widely available with more people being able to access these drugs with the birth of our National Health Service and people having private medical insurance. The whole science of being able to take a swab of an effected area and then being scientifically tested makes diagnosis far faster than ever before.

And if you still feel embarrassed and somewhat unsure of how to broach the subject of thinking that you may have an STD or STI there are now plenty of clinics where you can go to get tested where no one will actually know you individually or look down on you as a person if it does turn out that you do have a sexual infection and need medical help to deal with banishing this.

To continue with the good progress, we have made so far it is up to us as individuals and as parents along with our health professionals, local G.P. and our practice nurses to make sure that we continue to move forward with this generation of teenagers to educate them the reasons for practicing safe sex and having regular sexual health check-ups even when we decide to settle with just one partner.

There are many ways that we can get the safe sex use a condom at all times message across. School lessons can be a start, and then colleges and universities when they move on to higher education. Events in towns where testing kits and free condoms are given away in abundance to those who want them. As a parent myself I have been lucky that my offspring have had few partners but I still gave them the talk that the only safe sex is the one where you wear a condom and stay protected.

Taken from STD as a common stigma.