My Herpes > Your Self-Loathing – A Love Letter to a Family Member

Genital Herpes Stigma

To say I’m feeling a bit mentally perplexed today is probably a gross understatement, yet other ways of describing my current state of heart and mind are eluding me entirely. So, that’s the best I’ve got right now: mentally perplexed. Let’s preface this post with: this could be seen as one of my few ‘woe is me’ […]

Recognizing STI Symptoms: A Guide to Five Common Infections

STI Symptoms

This feature article was written by Dr. Wayne Osbourne, a GP and the Head Practitioner at Treated.com. I’ve been working in general practice for 13 years now, and I can tell you that STIs are just as much of an issue here in the UK as they are in the United States. Permit me to […]

HSV2 – Going to be Forever Alone – STD Interviews

HSV2

The number one concern we hear when someone is first diagnosed is that they’ll never find a partner who’s willing to accept that they have a long-term infection. While we never say never here at The STD Project, that fear is not at all unfounded. Getting diagnosed with an STI – in this case, HSV2 […]

HSV2 – I Have Lost My Confidence – STD Interviews

HSV2

Interestingly, STI stigma – and in this case, HSV2 stigma – often transcends intimate relationships and can trickle into one’s public, professional, and social personas. Contracting an infection carries such immense shame that it can deteriorate confidence in all facets of life, not just the intimate ones. As this interviewee points out, she’s not only […]

HSV2 – I Cry Behind Closed Doors – STD Interviews

HSV2

Relationships and living with an STD – in this case, HSV2 – can be complicated. No one wants to be rejected by a partner, even though it happens to everyone. However, a rejection or what feels like a rejection as a result of an infection can truly erode your self-worth because of the incredible stigma associated with […]

Genital Herpes – Finding Forgiveness – STD Interviews

Genital Herpes

From the interviewee’s doctor accusing him of cheating on his wife to the years of being unable to talk to her about outbreaks, this interviewee’s story speaks to the turmoil that can exist internally and within an intimate relationship after an STD diagnosis – in this case, genital herpes. 1. How old are you? 56 2. What do […]

What It’s Like to Get STD Testing Done with a Private Provider

STD Testing

At The STD Project, we make a point to personally try all of the services or products we recommend on our site. Our policy is that if we do not believe in the efficacy of the product or service, we don’t suggest it to our readers. It’s as simple as that. Last month, I had […]

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 […]