Episode 47 - Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center’s Dr. Laurie Betito Part 2: Mock Therapy Session

September 13, 2018

Dr. Laurie Betito sticks around to demonstrate a mock therapy session with me. You can get a glimpse of what a therapy session would look like in this short episode for someone looking to address the trauma of a new STI diagnosis.

About Dr. Laurie:

Noted broadcaster, author, therapist, speaker and creator of two TEDx Talks, Dr. Laurie Betito has been serving listeners with relationship and life advice for over two decades.

She is a syndicated broadcaster, covering all topics related to love, sex and relationships, the President of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec and also the author of The Sex Bible for People Over 50.

A clinical psychologist with a specialty in sexuality in private practice, her work is rooted in helping people live life with passion, while infusing love and positivity in all relationships.

For more information about Dr. Laurie visit her web site: www.drlaurie.com.

I'm on social media @HOnMyChest.

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Episode 47 - Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center’s Dr. Laurie Betito Part 1: Change the Story

September 13, 2018

Without going into too much detail, I found out that one of the most viewed websites in the world has a sexual health resource available.

Introduction to the Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center from Dr. Laurie Betito: https://youtu.be/WkHK9bddMEg

Noted broadcaster, author, therapist, speaker and creator of two TEDx Talks, Dr. Laurie Betito has been serving listeners with relationship and life advice for over two decades.

She is a syndicated broadcaster, covering all topics related to love, sex and relationships, the President of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec and also the author of The Sex Bible for People Over 50.

A clinical psychologist with a specialty in sexuality in private practice, her work is rooted in helping people live life with passion, while infusing love and positivity in all relationships.

For more information about Dr. Laurie visit her web site: www.drlaurie.com

Check out the resources available on the site: https://www.pornhub.com/sex/

For updates on the podcast, I'm on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit @HOnMyChest

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Episode 46 - Living Life in Overtime With Aids

August 30, 2018

Georgia Bulldog Derek Canas was diagnosed with AIDS at age 15 years old. After a blood transfusion as an infant, years of untreated HIV led to his unique medical chart landing in a classroom for medical students. Coincidently, this led to the discovery that a series of unexplainable medical issues, one of the students pointed out that he was not once tested for HIV. One thing we can learn from Derek who's been living the next 17 years of his life after his diagnosis in overtime is to appreciate the little things.

To get in contact with Derek:

website: www.derekcanas.com

email: Derekcanas@gmail.com

twitter: @DJDREK84

instagram: @dreksangelsandwarriors

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derek.canas 

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Episode 45 - Objective Pattern Recognition

August 20, 2018

New York based Psychotherapist, Melissa King, LMHC talks to us about recognizing our own behavior patterns from an objective view. Melissa also shares her very interesting journey after going 8 years believing she was in HSV+ only to find out later that the results from her IGM test were inaccurate! Melissa shares some amazing insights from her experience including methods on how to deal with a new herpes diagnosis.

Melissa can be found at www.myheartdances.com Melissa is also on Twitter @_myheartdances

Please continue to like, rate, share and review this podcast on your podcast player as it is helping us get the exposure to have more 'out there' guests on the podcast which is so helpful to others finding people who are in fact out there because they are open to being there for their following/audience as a lighthouse and support resource. Thank you so much for all your support. I'm on social media @HOnMyChest

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Episode 44 - Reckless Love

August 12, 2018

Trigger warning for this episode as we discuss suicide contemplation. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255. Thank you so much Nicole for sharing your experience combatting thoughts of suicide and being brave enough to put it out there to help someone going through a similar thing. Nicole's faith in a higher power guided her out of that dark place many of us find ourselves in, but take so long to make it out of.

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Episode 43 - Ignite Something Positive With Laura Aiisha

August 7, 2018

Ignite Intimacy podcast host, Laura Aiisha joins us to talk about her personal coming out to her audience sharing her herpes experience with The 'H' Opportunity's Adrial featured as a guest. 

Laura hosts the podcast, Ignite Intimacy, a podcast about sex, intimacy and romantic relationships. For more information about Laura, visit: http://lauraaiisha.com/ignite-intimacy-podcast/ be sure to check out episode 81 we did together.

Laura can also be found:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ignite-intimacy/id1138178795

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5VSa7BzFrpZ7mQxdpUfBEl?si=keniDBr-SDyDWgZy4y0NDQ

Libsyn: http://igniteintimacy.libsyn.com

I'm on Instagram @HOnMyChest. Don't forget to keep up with the hashtags #SPFPP #WhatStigma #SomethingPositiveforPositivePeople and the Facebook Page, Something Positive for Positive People is up!

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Episode 42 - Connecting the Best of Two Worlds

July 31, 2018

Many people diagnosed with an STI struggle to find an understanding partner in a world where your next relationship, hook-up, or divorce is just a finger swipe away, but you know who else does? EVERYBODY who's dating period. 21 year old Maggie who identifies as bisexual and polyamourous teaches us a thing or two from her dating experience both prior to and post-HSV1 diagnosis. While Maggie is open to experiencing the best of both I mean two worlds (we fully acknowledge there are more than two genders people can identify as or be attracted to) , the possibility of rejection increases but when how you feel about yourself is how you make others feel about who you are BEYOND DISCLOSURE.

Please continue to review podcast episodes on your podcast player. Don't be scared to subscribe to the STDPodcast. Support for this comes from positive spirits, not just positively diagnosed people. Ain't nobody trippin off you being subscribed to a podcast teaching people to understand a stigmitized group of people and encouraging support.

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Episode 41 - Something Positive is a Lighthouse

July 14, 2018

All signs pointed to a solo episode being released today. The Universe/God/Life will always challenge you to prove you are who you say you are and ultimately you surrender to that and live your truth or you suffer with resistance by living out an untruth. Today was a challenge for me and this podcast was a proactive response to the Universe that I am. Recognition of the sameness in us all makes for a much more peaceful life. You wouldn't consciously hate yourself, you love yourself and when you recognize that self in the world around you, you see more of that reflected through you.

Keeping it simple:

- The challenge in finding necessary resources before a disclosure or after exposure. The importance of being there.

- Stigma in the LGBTQ community versus the sub-communities of us living with an STI, what support looks like and living WITH stigma versus batling stigma. Understanding it isn't going away means understanding how to live with it #WHATSTIGMA.

- The Stigma of living with an STI comes from the uneducated popular opinion of those who DO NOT have or know they do not have an STI and unchallenged, this allows the stigma to be overwhelming.

- The answer was no. What was the question? Follow @HOnMyChest On Instagram to find out.

- Recognizing sameness in us all is peace. Focus on our differences creates a heiharchy of better than/worse than ultimately leading to conflict/chaos.

- Looking for someone who can incorporate a lighthouse into the current logo somehow. Open to recommendations if you know someone.

- Be a lighthouse doesn't mean disclosing to the world, it means recognizing the challenges others could be facing and offering to be there for them in a supportive fashion. The more lighthouses we have, the more support is available to us all.

- Please share with me any places I should be sharing this podcast as options are limited.

Thank you for your continued support. At this point we are at 12k downloads and the podcast is much more discoverable than other means of support and information. That's all thanks to you, the listeners! I look forward to more of these solo episodes and engaging more with the audience. Hopefully we can dive deeper into who guests are rather than what they look like and help us live with the understanding that the stigma isn't going anywhere.

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Episode 40 - The Anti-Stigma with GlamourPussMD

July 1, 2018

Stigma can't exist where there is open discussion and a safe space for understanding to develop. The thing about contracting an STI is that it is very rare that someone voluntarily acquires it. When it is acquired, the only way we have to process what it means for us is that now we're screwed because our sex-ed was 'wear condoms to avoid an STI'. Unfortunately we don't go beyond that level of education until the preventive measures have failed us. There should be more education on how to move forward in the event you are exposed to an STI. What do you do when someone discloses to you? What if you need to disclose your sex health status? Where are consistent facts? How do you find support?

Unfortunately all we have are people's experiences to assist with preparation, helping you manage life with an STI. Olivia shares with us her experience viewing herpes for what it really is. It's a virus! You know what else is a virus? A common cold. The herpes virus is just a tenant dwelling in the nerve endings around your mouth or at the base of the spine. Your common cold lives in your nose and throat. It's a cool tenant that resides in your body that lets you know when things aren't right in your life situation or body. (I have friends that don't even let me know when they see typos in my podcast descriptions) People will share with us that they have a cold and we don't go 'eww you're gross and have lots of partners you share breathing space with. Yet when we share that we have herpes and HIV, it's common for people to distance themselves permanently and assume we are dirty. Why isn't there a stigma for a common cold? This viral infection has no cure (sound familiar?). 

Stigma can't exist in a space where there is truth and open communication about the situation. Stigma is tied to shame. The anti-stigma is truth. The truth of the inevitibility of contracting an STI, the truth that it is manageable, the truth that we all know someone living with one. Talking about it is the beginning of the anti-stigma. One day we can all #WhatStigma and laugh about it.

Olivia Richman, AKA GlamourPuss, M.D. is a 3rd year medical student informing us about STIs, what a vagina can look like, the female reproductive system and more! She also discusses sexual harassment, assault, consent, what's inside a rape kit and redefining masculinity. Stay tuned for upcoming seasons about empowered relationships, healthy living & a 'teen's' life on her YouTube Channel.

Link to video versions available on GlamourPuss, M.D.'s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/glamourpussmd 

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP0km8lG62E&t=5s

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvzQ50ZlStE

Olivia can also be found at her website: https://www.glamourpussmd.com/ as well as Instagram and Twitter @Glamourpussmd

***Disclaimer*** Olivia is NOT a physician/medical doctor and does not have her M.D. (yet). She chose this name because she intends to continue making informative YouTube videos and will attain her M.D. by 2019. She does not give medical advice. Please speak to your doctor if you have any questions regarding your reproductive health.

I'm on Social Media @HOnMyChest. Please continue to subscribe to, rate and review the show! It's helping many people find it sooner and get the support they're seeking.

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Episode 39 - It’s a Small World: Let Go and Let Grow

June 14, 2018


This episode features the founder of The Herpes Hub, 33 year old St. Louis Native, Holly! She and I grew up in the same part of the city, went off to live life as adults, got herpes, started something we can only hope others find useful and then became connected! This shows you just how small the world is until you choose to expand it.

We find ourselves identifying with something so heavily that when it's lost, we feel 'less than' as humans. We often punish ourselves with isolation and place distance between ourselves and the world we no longer feel 'worthy' of being part of. Until we expand ourselves, we will continue to make this world smaller than what it needs to be. The most challenging part of expanding your world is opening your hands to allow for that expansion. Holding on to resentment for those who've wronged you, living in the past and having a need to know why someone gave you herpes or if they knew they did really closes you off from receiving life's blessings.

On Instagram, Holly can be found @Theherpeshub  www.theherpeshub.com At The Herpes Hub, we believe when you first love yourself with herpes, you allow others to love you too. Self-love and forgiveness are the key to living the life you deserve!

I'm on social media @HonMyChest. If you aren't comfortable following the STD Podcast, then feel free to follow the hashtags: #SomethingPositiveForPositivePeople and #SPFPP to keep up with the show and my personal posts which usually include working out or eating. The Facebook page is live and likeable to everyone as well. 

Please continue to like, rate, review and share the podcast on your favorite podcast player. It's helped us grow to this point and will help us continue to do so while connecting newly diagnosed individuals to the resources they need for support.

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