Ashley Manta talks in this clip about the reality of living with a sexually transmitted infection. She briefly covers some very real statistics, but the focus of the series is about the feeling and process of dealing with being part of those numbers. Ashley also talks about acceptance, stigma, and how an STI can be an opportunity for personal growth.
In this clip Ashley Manta talks more about her experience of contracting HSV-2 (genital herpes). She explains how it affected her sex life and dating life, and how it got better once she opened up about it. Refusing to accept the stigma is difficult but essential, and Ashley has suggestions for everyone with or without herpes that can help make things better.
One of the hardest parts of dealing with sexually transmitted infections is telling your partner about it. Ashley Manta tells about the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of communicating this vital information with her partners. She also lays out a solid plan for a “script” that can help make it easier, along with some advice on when to tell the person you are attracted to about your STI.