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Talking About Herpes: Disclosing Your STI Status
February 21, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PST
This class will be held LIVE online via Zoom — Zoom links are sent out 3 days prior and then again 3 hours prior to start time. The class will be recorded and available for a limited time shortly following the class. Registration deadline: 3 hours prior to class PST. No day-of cancellations.
In our culture, STIs are deep within the closet of things we just don’t discuss. But like other topics society is hush hush about, open communication around STIs is not only vital to healthy relationships — it’s vital to our sexual health, and it is not shameful. Sexual health is mental health. It is up to all of us to have open and honest conversations about herpes, the stigmatized nerve condition turned sexually transmitted infection. Let’s advocate for sexual healthcare that is sex-positive, anti-stigmatizing, and validating of identities.
In this class with Courtney Brame, we’ll discuss the best time to disclose your herpes status to a potential sexual partner. We’ll explore the interconnectedness of sexual health and mental health, and shine a lens on that area to decide how to navigate stigma. Courtney will also present some useful findings from a survey of people living with herpes in 2021. By the end of this class, attendees will have the confidence to navigate sexual health conversations with partners, whether that’s disclosing their status or receiving a disclosure from someone else.
Courtney Brame is the founder of Something Positive for Positive People, a donation-based mental health services virtual platform for people navigating herpes stigma. This 501c3 non-profit organization began as a suicide prevention awareness podcast for people living with herpes. In 2017, Courtney’s work began with interviewing people living with herpes about how they go about dating, disclosure, and sex. This expanded into other STIs as well. Courtney’s goal is to give people the tools they need to confidently disclose their status to sexual partners, and if they struggle with their mental health, be able to find support in this platform.
We partner with Bloom Community, a queer + sex-positive social and dating app! Follow She Bop on Bloom to see our upcoming events and connect with the community: https://bl.ooo/m/org/sheboptheshop.
We’re offering a limited number of free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. Recipients will be chosen based on need and contacted at least 3 days prior to class to confirm.