A Couple Who Tests Together Stays Together: 2 Doctors Break Down Love & HIV

Drs. Rob and Karla RobinsonHIV testing is essential for couples. Drs. Rob and Karla Robinson (who also happen to be married) have taken the time to explain everything from how to open the dialogue of getting tested together to how to protect yourself against HIV in long-term relationships.

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Drs. Rob & Karla Robinson have established The Urban Housecall Magazine, an online health and wellness magazine with health information for men, women and children as well as The Urban Housecall Radio Show to promote the message of health and wellness through the airwaves. So, we trust their judgment on the topic of HIV in relationships.

How does a woman up a dialogue with someone she’s dating about STDs and getting tested together?

Having the conversation about STDs and getting tested while dating should be brought up just as easily as the conversation about careers, marriage and the plan for children. Women engaging in sexual activity while dating need to also start planning for their sexual future, just like they would plan everything else in the future.

In reality, the best time to start this dialogue about sexually transmitted diseases and infections is in the beginning of the relationship before any sexual activity ever occurs. Women often make the mistake of having one of the most important conversations in a relationship well after there is an emotional attachment and when it is easier to therefore compromise on their beliefs.