Vulnerable Hearts, Vulnerable Bodies: Sexual Health and STI Stigma

In the era of sex positivity and hookup culture, stigma around casual sex has gone down, yet stigma around STIs has continued to permeate. While our culture has gotten more and more comfortable discussing sex, there still remains an air of discomfort surrounding open, honest discussions about sexual health and STIs, which I believe harms this generation. In this piece, I’d explore the stigma surrounding this topic, feeding it through the lens of my own experiences, and the wider issues that this stigma creates.