When did getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases become so taboo? With the alarming rate of STDs in Maricopa County (every 26.8 minutes someone is diagnosed with an STD) you would think that everyone would want to be tested on a regular basis.

Instead the feeling is that if a person wants to be tested, he/she has cheated on thier partner or that they “get around”. Personally I think STD testing is about being proactive about my health and the health of my partner.

I wish I knew how to change the stigma associated with STD testing. Any suggestions?

Erica Bouton

Phoenix

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