HSV1 & HSV2 – I Refused to Accept It – STD Interviews

HSV2

Few things cause more trepidation about the future and situations that have not yet or might never take place than an STD diagnosis. The most common fear among those who are living with a long term infection is that of telling new partners and the rejection they assume is inevitable. While I cannot promise those fears […]

HSV1 – Things Feel Not Worth It – STD Interviews

HSV1

Both an HSV1 and an HSV2 diagnosis can spur a multitude of traumatic emotions when located genitally. At The STD Project, we often hear from readers that HSV1 (traditionally thought to be only an oral infection) is the ‘good’ kind of herpes, and that HSV2 is the ‘bad’ kind. But, as evidenced by this interview, countless […]

HSV2 – Met Another Frog – STD Interviews

HSV2

The immense stigma associated with having an STD, and in this case, HSV2, affects not only the person who’s diagnosed but is also commonly the reason why those who transmit their infection to others flee. The stigma associated with having a sexually transmitted infection and then the shame of transmitting it to someone else can […]

HSV – No One Treats Me Differently – STD Interviews

HSV

An incredible example of how support – caring, thoughtful, and educational support – can be the difference between an emotional tailspin upon a new diagnosis and a calm, worry-free reaction. It’s never easy to share one’s story, and each person must decide with whom to share it and how to do so (anonymously, with a […]

Genital Herpes & Vaginitis – My Perspective Changed – STD Interviews

Genital Herpes

A lot of folks tend to focus on the who, what, and why when diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection or disease. They want to know who they got it from, what they did (or didn’t do) to put them at risk, and why them. While it’s understandable to want answers, often, the details are […]

HSV1 – Hasn’t Changed Anything in His Eyes – STD Interviews

HSV1

It’s so refreshing to read about partners and family members who remain open-minded when an STD diagnosis occurs and/or who do not treat their loved ones differently when they learn about their infection. More often than not, I find couples who have a healthy, established relationship are able to move past an STD diagnosis and […]

Herpes – My Biggest Fear is Judgment from Friends – STD Interviews

Herpes

Interviews like this one remind me how important it is to continue advocating for comprehensive safer sex education. Unfortunately, it’s the norm rather than the exception that people get diagnosed and know very little about how they contracted an infection – testing, transmission, risk, you name it; most people know very little about STDs, in […]

HIV – I Didn’t Know How to Internalize It – STD Interviews

HIV

I often grapple with the question, ‘Why didn’t you tell someone you had an infection?’ As someone who’s also learned the hard way when to tell someone and how to tell someone, I receive quite a number of questions from readers asking me how to overcome the overwhelming sense of denial and fear that has lead to […]