Living with a lifelong STI can make dating seem even more difficult and stressful than normal, but it doesn't have to feel that way. Through transparent communication and regular testing, you can have a normal dating experience that meets your emotional and sexual needs. Receiving a diagnosis of an STD while in a relationship can cause a lot of emotions. You may question your trust in your partner or feel embarrassed if you cheated.
But keep in mind that some sexually transmitted diseases don't always show up right away. It's possible that you or your partner contracted the STD in a previous relationship without even knowing it.