Why We Love Comprehensive Sex-Ed (and You Should Too)

Sex-Ed

This guest post was written by one of our contributors, Social & Behavioral Health Expert, Janelle Knowlton, MPH. Sex – it’s an act that humans and many other living things engage in for pleasure and/or reproduction. Most people will, whether for pleasure or reproduction, someday have a sexual encounter. However, there is a cause for concern […]

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 […]

Chlamydia, HSV2, & HPV – It Doesn’t Bother Him – STD Interviews

HSV2

It’s interviews such as this one that speak to the value of having access to resources and educational tools that support and encourage sexual health. Quite often, we’ve found that a person’s opinion about their diagnosis improves with time. For some, it takes longer than others [read: it took me years and years to overcome […]

HSV2 – I Wish I Could Go Back in Time – STD Interviews

hsv2

The number one question we receive at The STD Project is, ‘Will anyone ever want to be with me again?’ Usually included is, ‘How do I date with an STD?’ ‘How do I tell a new partner?’ ‘Can I ever have casual sex or just enjoy sex again?’ The good news is that dating, sex, […]

HSV1 – You Can Lead a Fearless Life – STD Interviews

Genital HSV1

Having been imprisoned in my own shame and fear for years as well as being very brazen about my experiences now, I’ve seen both sides of the herpes closet… It wasn’t until I stepped out that I realized how severely I had been entrenched in my own stigma. It’s amazing how coming out about your past can shed an entirely […]

The STD Testing Guy – When I Grow Up

STD Testing

This guest post was written by one of our contributors, STD Testing Expert and Founder & President of Boston Microfluidics, Brandon T. Johnson. On February 24th of this year, Boston Microfluidics officially hired a new CEO, which means, for the first time in a long time, I’m NOT the CEO. I have mixed feelings, of […]

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 […]