HSV2 – He Never Bothered to Tell Me – STD Interviews


In compiling these interviews, it never ceases to amaze me the similarities across one another’s narratives, yet, still, how alone, hopeless, and ostracized we can feel. No matter someone’s age or background, the affect of an STD diagnosis – in this case, HSV2 – transcends all boundaries, and often leaves those who are diagnosed in the […]

HSV2 – It Sucks, But We Can Get Through It – STD Interviews


As if an HSV2 diagnosis isn’t enough to send someone whirling, then those who’ve you’ve entrusted with that personal information decide they should tell others about your infection. That’s enough to make anyone depressed while feeling like a true villain – a horrible, undesirable person who people should ‘watch out’ for. The problem with those […]

Take a 5 Minute, Anonymous STD Testing Survey for BMF!

STD Testing

Boston Microfluidics (BMF) is looking for people to take a 5 minute, anonymous STD testing survey! To take the survey, follow this link! Recently, The STD Project and Boston Microfluidics – the makers of KnowNow at-home HSV2 tests – have begun collaborating. You may have seen some of our recent press in The Daily Beast, […]

How many outbreaks will I get? Herpes Outbreaks

Herpes Outbreaks

HSV affects everyone a little differently. Some people are bothered by frequent cold sores and/or genital herpes outbreaks, and others are not. How much of a physical impact the virus has on someone’s body is primarily the result of four factors: how well a person’s immune system is able to combat the infection, how long […]

What is the difference between HSV1 & HSV2? Oral and Genital Herpes


In telling a new partner about a genital herpes infection, it’s common to compare cold sores – an oral herpes infection – with a genital one. However, is that really a good comparison? The emotional and social attitudes surrounding the two infections are wildly different, and those perceptions alone can make an objective comparison and […]

HSV2 – Utterly Lost – STD Interviews

HSV2 - Utterly Lost

This interview speaks to one of the many reasons why we must challenge the stigma associated with contracting an STD. That someone has an STD does not mean they are a slut, promiscuous, a whore, etc. – whether they have engaged in sexual activities one time, ten times, or a hundred times. One’s sexual proclivity […]

Genital Herpes – It’s Hard to Get Out of Bed – STD Interviews

Getting Out of Bed - STD Interviews

A concise and poignant interview submitted anonymously via the contact form. This full-time student shares how her genital herpes diagnosis has impacted her emotionally and has affected her relationships with family, friends, and partners. The process of simply writing about your feelings can be healing, but it’s always nice to know you’re not alone and […]

Herpes – Destroying Me Mentally – STD Interviews

Genital Herpes

Submitted anonymously via the contact form, this woman’s interview brings back so many similar emotions. While it’s been 15 years since I was first diagnosed, the shame, personal disgust, and overwhelming uncertainty about my life ahead engulfed me for so many years following my herpes diagnosis. I write a lot about how I’ve been able […]