Testing positive for an STI can be an emotional experience. It’s important during this time to take care of yourself physically and emotionally.
One way to take care of yourself is to talk to people who are supportive of you. Finding trusted people in your life with whom you can share your status can help you feel less alone as you seek treatment.
Just as you are able to take control of your health following a positive test result, you can also empower past partners by telling them that they may have come into contact with an STI. By informing past partners of your positive test result, you are enabling them to receive testing and/or treatment quickly.
There is no one way to tell a partner that they may need to get tested or treated. You can directly contact past partners by calling or texting them, messaging them through Grindr, or telling them in person. In some instances, it can feel embarrassing or shameful to tell a partner that you tested positive, and doing so may even feel unsafe. If that’s the case, you can use partner notification services at your local health department or the Building Healthy Online Communities partner notification site. However, you decide to notify your partners is up to you.