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Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Hi John, welcome to the forum and thanks for posting.
It sounds as if you're blowing this out of all proportion - there's no sin in having had an STI! You had syphilis and it was treated. Simple. Your history isn't a threat to your relationship - your embarrassment and reluctance to tell him are causing the problem.
So sit him down and tell him the truth - that many years ago you contracted syphilis and got treatment, but that it still shows up in your blood tests. And then let the doctor explain to him why this happens, what it means and that he is not at any risk of infection.
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