I started this podcast because a young lady I was chatting with confided in me and said that after her diagnosis of Genital Herpes, she contemplated suicide. I shrugged it off and found myself hearing that more and more among new people I met living with STDs and felt like I had to show people that life after diagnosis of an STD isn’t worse than death. I posted in a local community of local people in my area living with herpes to see if anyone wanted to just share their experience on a podcast. It started with Amy, then Hannah, then Gino and Kat and spiraled into a gang of brave individuals who wanted to also share their stories. If one of their stories were to resonate with a single person and help them feel less ashamed or alone, then that’s a positive in my book.
I hope for the podcast to get to a point where it becomes a tool to help those living with more than herpes to feel more comfortable to disclose to potential partners, see that there is life after diagnosis, for those who positive people share their status with to be more understanding and compassionate toward the discloser. If nothing else gets taken away from each person’s story, I want the listeners to know it’s important to love yourself no matter what life throws at you. Contracting an STD is just a thing that happened TO you and is nowhere near as important as what you allow to happen THROUGH you.
Before those around us can see the ‘person’ behind the positivity, we have to see ourselves in that light and really stop hiding behind that fear of shame and loneliness. Through the guests’ stories, listeners see themselves, their potential partners, their parents, children, siblings, friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and can just relate to them, that’s all.
Courtney W. Brame
Podcaster – Something Positive for Positive People