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How STD’s Play a Role in Toxic Relationships

STD Status and Manipulation

Every relationship has its ups and downs — but finding out you have an STD can take a toll on you and your partner. However, how your partner handles the news of your STD diagnosis can be a wake-up call in identifying a toxic relationship.

Using STDs to control, guilt, and shame a partner is abusive and harmful behavior. Here are the warning signs you need to know.

Intentionally Infecting a Partner with an STD

Learning you have an incurable STD is devastating news. When you find out that your partner intentionally didn't tell you about their STD status and purposely infected you, it can make it that much more heartbreaking. In many cases, one partner may intentionally affect the other to keep them in the relationship and to make them feel like they won't have any other choices for future romantic relationships because they are “ruined.”

Someone telling you that you are “dirty” or “ruined” because you have an STD is manipulation.

Making a Partner Think No One Will Love Them

When relationships aren't going as planned, some sexual partners use an STD status to keep the other partner from leaving them. They may attempt to make the other partner believe that they won't ever be loved or wanted because they have an STD. They may say things like:

  • “You're lucky to have me because no one will want you the way you are.”
  • “You'll never find anyone who will accept that you have an STD.”

Having an STD does not mean you won't ever be able to be in a loving relationship. If your partner has engaged in any of the above manipulation tactics to gain control over you, it's critical to leave the relationship as soon as possible.

Contracted an STD From a Partner? We Are Here For You.

If you have an STD from a sexual partner who didn't tell you about their sexual health status, you might have the right to file an STD lawsuit and hold them accountable for their actions.

Pursuing compensation through an STD lawsuit can help you recover medical costs, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you've endured. We understand that calling out someone who gave you an STD is a personal matter — and our attorneys are here to protect your privacy and your best interests when going through a difficult time.

Contact KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a consultation.