Grays Anatomy is one of my favorite shows. I watch it religiously. In one episode, one of the guys contracted syphilis. He, George was horrified, yet all of his colleagues, all doctors, were very relaxed, like hey get the shot and be done with it. It got so rancorous that they were jokingly calling him Syph-boy.
So now I am thinking to myself, maybe times have changed; maybe a disease is like a badge of honor. What was curious was that George contracted it from a nurse who was having sex with Alex and he gave it to her. Now here is the interesting part Alex is now dating Izzy, another doctor and George and Meredith's roommate. The nurse still wants George, but he has walked away from her. Izzy knew Alex had syphilis at least once, yet she does not seemed to be bothered in the least. So I am saying to myself it is one thing to find out your lover had an STD after you are already in love but what would you do if you knew walking in the door.
I saw a similar episode on ER so there seems to be a trend, at least for me. While I think that they would have reacted very differently to HIV or AIDS, it seems that curable disease are just a part of sex-life.
So now I am thinking well what about incurable ones like genital warts or herpes. I see commercials for herpes all the time on TV, and every person who has it is in some loving relationship, in the commercial, and their partners do not seem to have it, so are incurable but not deadly STDs ok now too?
The next logical question would have to be are ones that effect your reproductive organs and make it hard to get someone pregnant or get pregnant kool because of technology?
Sooooooo....... Here are my questions for the thread.
A. Would you date someone who you knew had had a curable STD if you knew it from the door, i.e. before you fell in love?
B. Would you date someone who you knew had an incurable STD if you knew it from the door, i.e. before you fell in love?
C. Would you continue to date someone who you knew had an incurable STD if you fell in love and already had sex with them?
C2. Would you have sex with that person if he or she told you prior to sex but after you were in love that they had an incurable STD.
D. Could you marry someone who had had multiple but curable STDs if you fell in love and already had sex with them?
E. Could you marry someone who had an incurable STD if you fell in love and already had sex with them?
F. If your partner made sure you never got sick, via various and sundry tactics, is ignorance of their STD history bliss?
G. Can ignorance of your partner's STD history ever be bliss?
H. Do commercials regarding STD medication make STDs social acceptable and a part of our sexual cultural landscape?