Cypridophobia or Cypriphobia or Cyprianophobia or Cyprinophobia – Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease

Sexually transmitted diseases are common nowadays and they include something as common as syphilis or gonorrhoea, or something life-threatening such Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV) syndrome which later becomes full-blown AIDS or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a deadly virus that up to the present doesn’t still have a cure.

Most people practice safe sex. But those who have experienced getting a sexually transmitted disease, especially from prostitutes are diagnosed with Cypridophobia. These are more common in males who have acquired an STD in the past and had to seek medical treatment and was embarrassed about it. For some, they were the subject of ridicule by their friends or officemates when he was labelled as someone who has STD. This fear may extend to the fear of prostitutes even if they have no intentions in having interactions with them and they will avoid going to bars where they will most likely run into prostitutes.

Symptoms include anxiety when they see prostitutes and when they think of sexually transmitted disease. Some may even go to the extreme and not have sex at all.

Treatment includes proper sex education, wherein men and women are both taught safe sexual practices. Cognitive and behavioral therapy may also help in some patients.