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 […]

Petition to Stop Twitter from Censoring Ads about Safer Sex

Twitter Banning Safer Sex Ads

This week, one of our supporters, Lucky Bloke, launched a campaign to petition Twitter’s ban on sexual health ads, and they need your help! We also need your help, because this affects The STD Project as well. —–> Sign the Petition to Stop Twitter from Banning Sexual Health Content Here <—–  Twitter has lumped ads […]

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 […]

Kirsty Spraggon on Living with Herpes – Happy Hump Day Podcasts

Herpes

I am pleased as punch to bring you today’s special guest, Kirsty Spraggon from KirstyTV.com! Kirsty graciously offered to be interviewed for a podcast, after having recently ‘come out’ publicly about living with herpes to her viewers, all of YouTube, and a rapt TEDx audience. Kirsty is both eloquent and inspirational, and I think you will […]

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 – Never Felt More Embarrassed – STD Interviews

HSV2

One of the most common things we hear when working with those who are recently diagnosed is how utterly alone they feel. The fortunate (or maybe unfortunate) part about those sentiments is that they are felt by millions of people – yes, millions – who have an STD, in this case HSV2. Millions of people are […]

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. […]

An Op-Ed about STD Stigma – Part 3

Stigma

This essay was submitted anonymously after the author participated in the STD Interviews. This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Statistics help to show just how common STDs are. According to the CDC, genital herpes is one of the most common STDs, and in the United States, about 1 in 5 people are infected. […]