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 […]

HSV2 – Met Another Frog – STD Interviews

HSV2

The immense stigma associated with having an STD, and in this case, HSV2, affects not only the person who’s diagnosed but is also commonly the reason why those who transmit their infection to others flee. The stigma associated with having a sexually transmitted infection and then the shame of transmitting it to someone else can […]

Genital Herpes & Vaginitis – My Perspective Changed – STD Interviews

Genital Herpes

A lot of folks tend to focus on the who, what, and why when diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection or disease. They want to know who they got it from, what they did (or didn’t do) to put them at risk, and why them. While it’s understandable to want answers, often, the details are […]

Herpes – My Biggest Fear is Judgment from Friends – STD Interviews

Herpes

Interviews like this one remind me how important it is to continue advocating for comprehensive safer sex education. Unfortunately, it’s the norm rather than the exception that people get diagnosed and know very little about how they contracted an infection – testing, transmission, risk, you name it; most people know very little about STDs, in […]

HIV – I Didn’t Know How to Internalize It – STD Interviews

HIV

I often grapple with the question, ‘Why didn’t you tell someone you had an infection?’ As someone who’s also learned the hard way when to tell someone and how to tell someone, I receive quite a number of questions from readers asking me how to overcome the overwhelming sense of denial and fear that has lead to […]

Genital Herpes – I Am Like an Ostrich – STD Interviews

Genital Herpes

It never ceases to amaze me some of the simply awful things people will say to or about someone with an STD, and in this case, genital herpes. As if an STD diagnosis weren’t enough, couple that with hearing the most audacious reactions from someone you trust. It’s enough to make anyone want to stick their head […]

HSV2 – Too Nervous to Touch Me – STD Interviews

HSV2

It’s always a bit disheartening when I read that partners are having a hard time being intimate with someone who has an STD, in this case, HSV2. I’ve been lucky to find mates who were both interested in being sexually healthy while also keen on enjoying all types of sexual activities together. However, that is not always the case. […]