Disability and intimate relationships?

What are the myths you have heard about disability and initimate relationships?


  • None. Are there?

  • @Petrik54 I have met a lady in Ethiopia. She was using a wheelchair. When she got pregnant she went to the hospital, where she was confronted with negative attitude of the obstetrician and nurses. 'People like you should not become pregnant'. She didn't go back until the time she had to deliver. I have heard many similar stories, also in Kenya. It may be a different in the Netherlands, but I am afraid we are not free of prejudice, either, also not on this topic of intimate relationships.

    I hope that people can share their stories (from everywhere around the world) and start supporting each other on this topic in the community. Thanks for starting the conversation @Iram EnableMe and Petrik.

  • well, there are lots of myths i have heard but the most interesting was when i used to stay in Kisumu i met a lady who was a sexual worker and she told me that when you sleep with a person with disability, if you had hiv/aids or STI's you shall be cured. Futhermore, she was very specific with the type of disability, albinism. lol

  • Intimacy is a very important aspect of the human life! a number of persons with disabilities fail to negotiate this stage due to barriers(attitudinal) that makes them feel excluded in participating in this. Having a disability should not limit anyone from experiencing sexual life despites all kind of myths and stereotypes in the society.

  • @Iram EnableMe and @Petrik54 Sure there are myths around sexuality and disability, especially in the African setup. Some I have come across

    • Sex with a person with Albinism will cure any sexually transmitted disease
    • Persons with disabilities especially men often suffer from Electile dysfunction
    • When you have a disability you are likely to have a child with a disability
    • You cant kiss or touch persons with a certain type of disability as the disability could be communicable
  • There are those people who believe that disability is contagious, while others wonder if persons with disability are fertile, or can't bore children, and to those who believe disability is a curse or a family lineage related, they shun away from having intimate relationships.

    Also there are those who wonder how will a lady with disability manage a pregnancy let alone children, this is more to those who use wheelchair for mobility (Spinal Cord Injured).

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