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STD Awareness

This week we're talking about STDs, STIs, and sexual stigma in honor of STD Awareness Month (but also because it's, like, really important to talk about).
People (particularly women) who are unabashed in their sex positivity and who refuse to be ashamed of their bodies are seen as threats to the status quo. Image: Thinkstock.

I'm Not Ashamed Of My STI — And Now I'm Being Harassed Because Of It. #ShoutYourStatus

I’ve been writing about stigmatized topics on the Internet for almost 10 years, so it’s never a surprise to me when I get pushback or face trolling or abuse for my opinions. I am a woman on the... Read
Submitted by Britni de la Cretaz | 12.20.16 12am
Slut-shaming is how we explain the gendered double standard of sexual respectability: It’s women taking flak for the sex we have, while men are applauded for simply “doing what men do.” Image: Thinkstock.

How STI Stigma Perpetuates Slut-Shaming

Four years ago, I could be found most mornings at the same café with the same blue notebook and a mug of hot coffee. I was trying to write the story of how I got herpes.
Submitted by Sarit Luban | 04.22.16 12am
Having an STI like herpes doesn’t mean you’ll end up alone. Image: Thinkstock.

Getting Herpes Was A Gift

In STI support communities, many refer to the person who gave them herpes as their “gifter.” This might sound strange, since I’m sure a sexually transmitted disease is not a gift anyone wants. But,... Read
Submitted by Rafaella Gunz | 04.21.16 12am
It's going to be OK! #STDAwareness month. Image: Thinkstock.

11 Questions I Asked Myself During My First STD Scare

For some of us, our first real taste of adulthood comes from sitting alone in a clinic, waiting to get our ding-dongs tested.
Submitted by Matt Joseph Diaz | 04.19.16 12am
It's #STDAwareness month!

Do I Have An STI? A Flowchart #STDAwareness

It's #STDAwareness week here at Ravishly. We're kicking it off with this handy chart!
Submitted by Joni Edelman | 04.18.16 12am