An Op-Ed about STD Stigma – Part 3

Stigma

This essay was submitted anonymously after the author participated in the STD Interviews. This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Statistics help to show just how common STDs are. According to the CDC, genital herpes is one of the most common STDs, and in the United States, about 1 in 5 people are infected. […]

An Op-Ed about STD Stigma – Part 2

Stigma

This essay was submitted anonymously after the author participated in the STD Interviews. This is part 2 of a 3 part series. The fact of the matter is, if you’re having sex, you are putting yourself at risk for an STD, and you should be getting tested for STDs. Most STDs don’t have symptoms, and the person […]

An Op-Ed about STD Stigma – Part 1

Stigma

This essay was submitted anonymously after the author participated in the STD Interviews. This is part 1 of a 3 part series. Many people toss around jokes as if the only way they can get an STD is to sleep with tons of people. In high school, almost daily, girls bashed each other with names like […]

The Difference Between HIV & AIDS

HIV vs AIDS

This guest post was written by Dr. Lisa Oldson, Medical Director for SexualHealth.com. HIV and AIDS: What’s the difference? ‘HIV’ and ‘AIDS’ – seven little letters that have made a BIG impact on the world in the past three decades. The two acronyms are so closely associated, many think they’re the same thing. Actually, they’re not. […]

HSV2 – This is My Life Now – STD Interviews

HSV2

This interview came in as an anonymous submission via the contact form after the interviewee found The STD Project’s website and also happened upon an article we wrote for Take Part, which, was syndicated by Yahoo News.  As we spent the first part of this year working on external outreach, it’s delightful to hear our efforts were […]

Early HIV Symptoms and How to Spot Them

HIV AIDS

This guest post was written by Katie Brind’Amour, MS, a Certified Health Education Specialist, a freelance health and wellness writer, and Social Media Manager for Women’s Healthcare Topics. How to Spot Early HIV Symptoms The earliest HIV symptoms — if you experience any at all — can be disguised as other common illnesses, making a new HIV infection difficult […]

Similarities & Differences Between HIV & Hepatitis C (HCV)

HIV AIDS HCV

HIV and the hepatitis C virus (HCV) share many of the same characteristics, but there are also some very distinct differences in the way they are transmitted, how long each virus lives outside of the body, disease progression, and treatment. This post explores some of the similarities and differences between HIV and HCV. RNA Viruses […]

Herpes Blood Tests – Why I Haven’t Been Type-Specific Tested Yet

Herpes Blood Tests

Recently, I had a written exchange with a reader about blood testing for HSV1/HSV2. In my interview, I previously mentioned not having taken a blood test to determine which strain of HSV I’m living with*. Diagnosed 14 years ago at the family doctor’s office, with a very obvious genital outbreak, a blood test was neither […]