The Intersection of Sexually Transmitted Infection and Sexual Disorders in the Couple
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) concerns may profoundly influence the sexual and relationship health of the individual and the couple. This chapter reviews clinical scenarios in which STI issues may play an important role in the etiology, maintenance, and exacerbation of sexual and relationship dysfunction in the couple context. We explore the psychological and relationship impacts of STIs on individuals and their partners and consider counseling principles that may prove useful in working with men and women who are dealing with STI-related sexual and relationship problems.
KeywordsSexually transmitted infection Sexual dysfunction Couple relationship
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