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 […]

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 […]

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 and Pregnancy – Everything You Need to Know

Herpes and Pregnancy

This guest post was written by one of our contributors, Internist, Dr. Marina Gafanovich, MD. Women who have been diagnosed with genital herpes (HSV1 or HSV2) often have some concerns about how the condition will affect their pregnancy and their unborn baby. While it is possible for a baby to become infected with herpes during delivery, […]

Herpes Never Scared a Man Away – HSV1 Genitally – STD Interviews

Herpes - HSV1

People with STDs are often characterized as villains – individuals that should be avoided, because they’re bad people or they will only intentionally infect someone else. What’s silly about that portrayal is everyone with an STD was once someone without an STD. Rarely, does the other side of the story get explained or does a […]

Genital HSV1 – I’m Not Dirty, I’m Just Unlucky – STD Interviews

Genital HSV1

One of the most common things we hear at The STD Project is the misconception that people with STDs are promiscuous. The assumption is that, unless you’ve slept with a ton of people (whatever ‘a ton’ is), you won’t contract an infection. When, actually, the number of partners you have is only one of the […]

Should I Tell Past Partners I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

Partner Notification

Reader Submitted Question: I am in my 20’s, and I contracted HSV1 when I was a teenager. I had sexual contact with one male and had safe sex with another male, and both did not know I carried the virus then. I have struggled for the last few years with HSV1 but have a supportive family & boyfriend. […]