Are you as clean as a whistle...?
We’ve been a little promiscuous, basking in the glow of our sexual liberation, but may have tested positive once or twice on our journey.
We know there lies such stigma around STDs & STIs, and we want to delve into why it’s there and why our dirty minds should be the only thing we classify as dirty.
Over the years we have been learning to break down the generational programming and shame that comes up when anything sexually transmitted comes into play. This shame can be influenced by anything from; culture, religion, family and trauma. These are often things in which we carry within our bodies and prevent us from using our voices to take control of ours and others sexual health.
We are currently living in an era of sexual positivity, until we get positive results.
Did you know that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections are acquired every day worldwide? With each year estimating around 376 million new infections with 1 of the following; chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis?
Not only that, but just shy of 10% of the global population, that’s over 500 million people, are estimated to have herpes!
Even with such high numbers in circulation, we are still shunned and judged.
We are told to love our bodies flaws and all, so as our confidence rises, we are hoping that more sex begins to take place (because you deserve it!).
& with more sex on the agenda, this may result in an STI/STD. Fact.
But what if we took away the shame and the shunning?
What if we stopped outwardly looking for others to blame, or even blaming ourselves for something which is, in this day and age, more normal than ever before?
Now, we are not promoting running around trying to catch anything you can, but what we are saying is that whether STI or STD, these do not, and never will define you.
They should never stop you from having a beautiful and thriving sex life.
You deserve to have orgasms, with or without one, and the only pressure you should be feeling is that of your vibrator on your cl*t - or wherever else you want to put it!
It’s time to destigmatize something that can push us to go inside ourselves.
STDs & STIs do not make you dirty.
& whilst we can empower you as much as possible, disclosing your STI status is not a one way conversation, because we assure you that your current or potential partner has a history too.
Take ownership because STIs are a normal part of sexual health, so let’s talk about them this way.
Charlie Ella is here to support you every step of the way, let’s talk taboo, lets remove the stigma, and let’s stand in our power knowing that we are deserving of love, sex, orgasms and acceptance. No matter our sexual history, our positive status or who we choose to climb into bed with.
The Pussy Project