Episode 152: Herpes Isn't The End of The World

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Writer and anti-stigma advocate Rukiat joins Rodecka & Sam to talk about the stigma that comes with a herpes diagnoses and the role it can play in ones sex, love, and dating life.


Bae(s) of The Week: Shawné Michaelain Holloway the artist and sex educator who is redesigning the strap on


Hoe(s) of the Week: Alex D, Melissa D, Hillary H, Molly Schwartz and Iman S.


Self Care Tips: Sam gives a gentle reminder to do your taxes and a nudge to find a therapist when you’re in a good mood.


Fuck It (Topic of the Day): Rukiat joins IHU to talk about the stigma that comes with a herpes diagnoses and the role it can play in ones sex, love, and dating life.


Points of discussion include: Herpes Simplex Virus 1 v Herpes Simples Virus 2; getting diagnosed with Herpes, treating herpes simplex virus 2, disclosing your diagnosis to partners, celibacy, activism versus advocacy, Lapp the Brand, Why is herpes so stigmatized, herpes symptoms, fear of being undateable, asymptomatic shedding, medication and outbreaks, outbreak triggers, Usher and NBA Young Boy, shutting down ignorance in real life, Black American Twitter versus Black British Twitter & more!


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