But it’s also incredibly important, says Rachel De Alto, a relationship and communications expert.Allowing sexual desire to overtake our human decency is really not OK, she says.Backed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Healthvana aims to help doctors deliver positive results for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, along with HIV-negative results, to patients.In general, easier access to health information from doctors is something I applaud.Dating with a sexually transmitted infection, or STI, can be difficult.But it also might be getting easier as the stigma slowly ebbs, experts say.(The CDC reports that the terms STD and STI are often used interchangeably but that, medically, infections are only called diseases when they cause symptoms.I recently got a press release for an app called Healthvana that wants to change how people find out about their STD status.The release opens with: "You've Got Mail' originated in 1998—now, in 2014, your doctor may deliver news like You've Got Chlamydia' through an app." Well...points for working a rom-com mention in there!
Add a sexually transmitted disease to the equation, and that conversation can seem impossible to imagine.
The men and women Jenelle spoke with were asked to name two things they would want others to know about living with herpes, and many of them wanted to make it clear that they are still the same people they were before they were diagnosed.
'I’m exactly the same person that I was before I was diagnosed.
That's someone you care about,' the 33-year-old from told Daily Mail Online.
Sharing their stories: Jenelle Marie Davis (left), 33, has interviewed 12 men and women who are living with herpes, including 41-year-old Veronnica (right), in the hopes of eradicating stigma surrounding the disease Positive changes: After they were diagnosed with the sexually transmitted disease, both Sarit (left), 26, and Lucas, 46, (right) realized that they shouldn't feel like less of a person because they have herpes Jenelle, who candidly speaks about her own diagnosis at 16-years-old, wants others to know that the people she has spoken with for the project come from a variety of professions and can easily be someone you know.