Many married couples do not concern themselves with the worries of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. Unfortunately, not all marriages are mutually monogamous and it only takes one exposure to contract an STD. A new contraction of an STD doesn’t always mean infidelity though.
The risk for contracting a new STD is low if both partners are committed to maintaining a mutually monogamous relationship. But there are other ways to contract STDs, like HIV or hepatitis C. These viruses can be transmitted through the blood and therefore can be shared through intravenous drug use and sharing needles or blood transfusions. Genital herpes can also be caused by a partner with a cold sore performing oral sex on the other partner. If a partner contracts an STD, it is important to have an open and honest discussion about how the virus was contracted and what it means for the health of the other partner. Some STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea do not show any symptoms, and syphilis can become dormant for a period of time and resurface later on in life.
If either partner suspects that they are experiencing symptoms of an STD, he or she should receive a diagnostic test. It is also part of a complete sexual health plan to include occasional STD screenings to ensure a clean bill of health.