Contracting an STD can often feel like its the end of the world.
Coping with an STD involves a similar emotional cycle as the grieving process and you must work through each stage until you finally reach acceptance.
Dealing with STD’s on a Personal Level
Coping with a diagnosis of a viral STD may seem difficult if not impossible at times.
There are a variety of emotions that accompany diagnosis of an incurable disease, regardless of its nature.
Fortunately there are many things you can do to address your condition in a positive manner and go on to lead a happy, fulfilling and rewarding life.
The Emotional Impact of Viral STD’s
Before learning to cope with a viral STD, it is important that you recognize the emotional impact a diagnosis may bring.
Many patients who are diagnosed with viral STD’s become anxious and depressed.
The emotional impact of the disease is actually quite harder for some to cope with than the physical discomforts that accompany a diagnosis.
This is due largely to the fact that society tends to have a biased attitude about sexually transmitted diseases, despite the fact that a majority of the population will come down with some form of STD during the course of their lifetimes.
Coping With Viral STD’s
There are several coping strategies you can adopt to help you forget about your disease and start living your life.
The first thing you should do is educate yourself about your condition. Arming yourself with the facts will only help you realize that in the grand scheme of things a diagnosis with a viral STD is only a minor bump in the road that is life, rather than a major pothole.
Educate Your Partner
If you are sexually active, it is vital that you inform your partner of your condition, not only to help prevent the unnecessary spread of your infection but also to elicit much needed support during times when you are down.
Seek Out A Support Group
If you don’t have the support you need from a partner, there are numerous online support groups for people that have viral STD’s.
Join one and discuss your feelings, questions and concerns about your condition. Doing so will help improve your outlook on life and your feelings about your condition.
Seek Out Treatment
There are many effective therapies available today for treating viral STD’s. While viral STD’s can’t be cured, you can reduce the severity and frequency of outbreaks using a number of different medications. If you haven’t done so already be sure you consult with your healthcare provider.
Put it in perspective
Remember that a diagnosis of a viral STD isn’t the end of the road, it is merely the beginning.
By educating yourself and those around you, and accepting your condition you’ll find that life can be fulfilling and rewarding, and that there are much worse fates to succumb to than something like HSV or HPV.
While a diagnosis is never fun nor a good thing, it doesn’t meant your life has to be over.
Remember also that there are thousands and thousands of other people out there that understand exactly what you are going through.
Connect with them and you’ll find dealing with your illness is much easier.