slut shaming
Women should feel empowered for taking responsibility of their personal and sexual health, not demeaned and judged for doing so.
relationships
For years, I was too scared to disclose my herpes until after I'd already slept with a guy. But I had to learn to accept my STD before I could have honest, happy sexual relationships.
herpes
Nobody wants an STD. I guess that's why, when it comes to the topic of getting one, or especially the dirty screwed-up sociopaths who give them to people, emotions run high.
in

Jun 6, 2012 at 1:58pm | 243 comments

stds
A repressive upbringing that idolized “purity” left me in a place where I could have sex, but I couldn't really cognitively deal with the consequences.
stds
My friends and I are all highly educated young women. We can talk for hours about the merits of Madame Bovary -- so why are we so tentative about talking about risk?
in

Jun 13, 2013 at 11:00am | 214 comments

stds
By June, I thought my vagina was in the clear. It was time, I decided, to start dating.
in

Jan 2, 2013 at 2:00pm | 149 comments

hpv
The doctor performed a HPV test, it hurt, I think I cried a little, and then I went on my merry little way until he called and told me I had HPV.
in

Jul 2, 2013 at 4:00pm | 103 comments

you are the advice columnist
ask emily
In my opinion, conversations about STDs are less than worthless.
getting pregnant with michelle tea
gynecologist
I have been to the see my gyno, who I have in my phone as “Vag 911,” five times in the past six months.
kids
A bishop at a Catholic school in Canada has outlawed the Gardisil HPV vaccine for his students, under the archaic, broken logic that providing teens with the tools to protect themselves will only encourage them to bone.
the frisky
We’re definitely not doctors and we highly recommend you see your gynecologist or go to the local clinic right away if you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection. But in the interim, we urge you not to panic.
in

Sep 25, 2013 at 11:30am | 30 comments

getting pregnant with michelle tea
Checking email on my phone while I wait for a flight to Los Angeles to visit my sister, I find one from Quentin. It’s titled "Immaculate Infection."
hpv
herpes
I’d suspected something awful a long time ago, when I got what I now know was my first outbreak. I know I shouldn’t have, but I went about my sexual business in the usual way.
in

Dec 7, 2011 at 3:00pm | 0 comments