Max, I don't get hysterical. I've had more than my fair share of illness, and as much as you love love love to attach everything to either sexual inhibition, prudish outlooks, others being ashamed of or frightened by sex.....I think you are the wimpy guy who is afraid of being judged as a non-swinger. I just don't like being sick or having to endure surgery if it can be avoided,
But just for arguments sake, I am not singling out or obsessing over this particular STD. Just speaking as a woman who has given birth to children, has followed all of the medical advice on how to avoid damage to your unborn child, and while pregnant received all sorts of unwelcome advice about what I could and could not do. But I have seen children who suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, the first one was the next door neighbor's grandson when I was a teenager. It didn't have a name back then, but there was definitely something wrong. His mother was a heavy drinker, her freedom of choice to drink rendered him disabled. Should she have been more careful? I think so, but maybe I'm repressed.
I'm sure you know that most STD's can be easily treated and eradicated. But you can't simply decide to ignore because you are a free spirit, and not get treatment, just ask Al Capone. STD's in a pregnant woman can cause terrible health issues for the child. Most STD's can be eradicated with treatment. I would never shame you if you acquired syphillis from a faithless partner, but if you realized what was wrong and didn't try to protect a new partner...that wouldn't speak very highly about your sense of fair play. There is no shame in an STD, just difficulty.
I know it makes you feel very macho to assume all the women here are repressed and afraid of sex. I really wish you would take the time to consider that most people just want to stay healthy. Personally, the sexiest thing I can imagine is a man who considers me so special he would never endanger me. The second biggest turn on for me, is making sure my man loves his life and me.