Chlamydia – It’s Opened My Eyes – STD Interviews

Chlamydia

STDs – in this case, chlamydia – do not discriminate against race, gender, age, or class; they happen to everyone, and usually, unexpectedly. Sometimes, they’re the result of a partner being unfaithful, sometimes they happen in long-term committed relationships, they even happen to folks who consistently and correctly practice safer sex. If you’re sexually active, […]

Chlamydia & Herpes – I Never Used Condoms – STD Interviews

Chlamydia

The refreshing part about interviewing people who have contracted an STI is everyone’s perspective is unique. This interview illustrates that contracting an STI – chlamydia and herpes, specifically – doesn’t always result in doom and gloom. Depending on where you’re from, what type of sexual education program you experienced, or how your parents talked about sexual […]

HSV2 – Going to be Forever Alone – STD Interviews

HSV2

The number one concern we hear when someone is first diagnosed is that they’ll never find a partner who’s willing to accept that they have a long-term infection. While we never say never here at The STD Project, that fear is not at all unfounded. Getting diagnosed with an STI – in this case, HSV2 […]

HSV2 – I Have Lost My Confidence – STD Interviews

HSV2

Interestingly, STI stigma – and in this case, HSV2 stigma – often transcends intimate relationships and can trickle into one’s public, professional, and social personas. Contracting an infection carries such immense shame that it can deteriorate confidence in all facets of life, not just the intimate ones. As this interviewee points out, she’s not only […]

HSV2 – I Cry Behind Closed Doors – STD Interviews

HSV2

Relationships and living with an STD – in this case, HSV2 – can be complicated. No one wants to be rejected by a partner, even though it happens to everyone. However, a rejection or what feels like a rejection as a result of an infection can truly erode your self-worth because of the incredible stigma associated with […]

Genital Herpes – Finding Forgiveness – STD Interviews

Genital Herpes

From the interviewee’s doctor accusing him of cheating on his wife to the years of being unable to talk to her about outbreaks, this interviewee’s story speaks to the turmoil that can exist internally and within an intimate relationship after an STD diagnosis – in this case, genital herpes. 1. How old are you? 56 2. What do […]

Molluscum – Doesn’t Have Such a Big Stigma – STD Interviews

Molluscum

Molluscum contagiosum or MC is one of those borderline STIs that few people know about and that rarely gets sensationalized in the media. When children contract it, it’s not considered an STI/STD, but when adults get it, it’s almost always sexually transmitted. As such, stigma surrounding the infection is lower than some of the more […]

HSV1 – I Feel Like I Have this Flaw – STD Interviews

HSV1

One of the many reasons we post others’ stories is to help erode the idea that an STI (whether temporary or long-term, and in this case, HSV1) should be looked at as something a new partner needs to get over or accept – a flaw, if you will. Sure, no one wants a cold, the […]