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

Herpes

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’ […]

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 […]

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

Chlamydia, HSV2, HPV

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

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

HSV1 & 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 […]