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Just recently, The STI Project was asked to interview on a public radio station (WPPR’s Public Reality Radio) that has listeners nationally (in the US) as well as global listeners.
This was an epic opportunity to one, brush-up on public speaking skills 101 and to two, spread the message to a larger audience (last time I checked, we were reaching 132 countries….and this number grows with each new posting and each new radio interview – hint hint).
You can listen to the entire show here (I was interviewed alongside Huffington Post’s Senior Science Correspondent – Cara Santa Maria – this makes me feel fancy) or you can just listen to the hour-long portion where I’m interviewed – I know, I had no idea I could talk about STDs at such length!!!
The STD Forum launched in June of 2012 and is already garnering a lot of interest!
There are hundreds of hits on the forum page already, although, as anticipated, people have been somewhat slow to ask questions…
This usually takes some time and the large number of viewers wanting to read what other people are asking is reassuring! Ask a question on the forum and have it answered within 24 hours here!!!
Or, go and check out what other people have already asked – either way, check out the forum – it’s awesome!!
The STI Project was recently asked to guest blog on two related websites.
This is always a great chance to reach a larger audience as well and to build some back-linking for search engine optimization – The STI Project’s goal is to be number one on Google’s search engine when someone googles anything STD!! This is a tall order, I know, but we are already toward the top of the front page for some specific keywords and search phrases (no, I can’t tell you what they are, that would be like sharing the Bush’s Baked Beans recipe – that dog is never going to be allowed to tell), so, this is success in my book and we are well on our way to reaching our goal!
- Read my guest blog post, ‘5 Reasons Living With an STD Has Positively Influenced my Life’
- Read my other guest post, ‘Genital Herpes – You say, “to-MAY-to,” I say, “it’s not a big deal.”’
New STD Interviews
We’ve also received three new submissions to the STD Interviews – two of which were completely random submissions – these are always welcomed.
The more interviews we post, the less others in similar circumstances will feel alone.
There’s nothing worse than suffering with an illness you can’t share with others because of the immense stigma attached to your infection. This is a super way to start the healing process, help others heal, and share your story anonymously or publicly, however you choose!
Want to share your story, use the STD Interview template! Read the three most recent interviews below!
The STI Project participated in two events over the past month: The 2nd Annual Rock the Block Health Fest and Fair and Pride Fest West Michigan!
Both of these events were incredible experiences!
I met so many awesome and powerful people while discussing the things I’ve spent day in and day out researching with random strangers. I was a bit taken aback by the plethora of questions people had for me and was delighted I could answer their questions with resources and recommendations for further research.
This is exactly why I do what I do!
Thanks for all of your questions and post ideas, folks, and should you have additional questions, feel free (of course) to ask them on the STD Forum – you’d be surprised how many of you asked the same things!!
Random Other Awesome News
Early on, The STI Project had a wealth of supporters, some of which I’ve never met in person and who are helping spread the word far and wide (one gal has been posting posters across the US as she works as a truck driver).
I want to take a moment to express the immense gratitude I have for this support as well as the gratitude all of the people contracting an STD, living with an STD, or loving someone with an STD have for all of you!!!
This is not an easy path to embark on and often changes the lives and perspectives of those who are thrust into dealing with STDs; so, thank you for helping us shed light on the topic, and most importantly, thank you for doing your part to eradicate the stigma.
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Are you excited about all of the new things on The STI Project? Did this inspire you to participate and share your story? What do you think we should focus on next? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!