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 […]

Kirsty Spraggon on Living with Herpes – Happy Hump Day Podcasts

Herpes

I am pleased as punch to bring you today’s special guest, Kirsty Spraggon from KirstyTV.com! Kirsty graciously offered to be interviewed for a podcast, after having recently ‘come out’ publicly about living with herpes to her viewers, all of YouTube, and a rapt TEDx audience. Kirsty is both eloquent and inspirational, and I think you will […]

Genital Herpes – I Am Like an Ostrich – STD Interviews

Genital Herpes

It never ceases to amaze me some of the simply awful things people will say to or about someone with an STD, and in this case, genital herpes. As if an STD diagnosis weren’t enough, couple that with hearing the most audacious reactions from someone you trust. It’s enough to make anyone want to stick their head […]

HSV2 – Never Felt More Embarrassed – STD Interviews

HSV2

One of the most common things we hear when working with those who are recently diagnosed is how utterly alone they feel. The fortunate (or maybe unfortunate) part about those sentiments is that they are felt by millions of people – yes, millions – who have an STD, in this case HSV2. Millions of people are […]

HSV2 – Too Nervous to Touch Me – STD Interviews

HSV2

It’s always a bit disheartening when I read that partners are having a hard time being intimate with someone who has an STD, in this case, HSV2. I’ve been lucky to find mates who were both interested in being sexually healthy while also keen on enjoying all types of sexual activities together. However, that is not always the case. […]

HPV & Chlamydia – I Asked to Use a Condom but Didn’t Insist – STD Interviews

HPV

This interview is a fantastic example of how people from all walks of life and with all educational backgrounds contract sexually transmitted infections. They are an inherent risk to something (intimacy/sex) that also elicits innumerable rewards. Understanding those risks and rewards is part of being sexually healthy, and, ultimately, sexually responsible. No one wants an infection […]

Chlamydia & HSV2 – Best Days of My Life – STD Interviews

Chlamydia & HSV2

What a lovely interview. Not everyone will be able to muster an outlook similar to her’s right away, but reading perspectives such as these after being diagnosed with Chlamydia, HSV2, or any STD, for that matter, can help provide the hope necessary to move past the initial shock and disparity so many feel upon being […]