Positively Positive Podcast

Let's talk about herpes, baby! All things herpes and HSV related. My stories, my research, my experiences and a bit of insight from someone who has been through it, questioned and studied it, accepted and thrives with it! 

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EPISODE 1 - WHAT IS HSV: HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS?!

16:06

Herpes 101! Learn what herpes actually is, how it works, & the stats on how common it is. Cold sores, oral herpes, genital herpes, do you have herpes?! The whole 9 yards! Let's talk about herpes, baby!
 

EPISODE 2 - herpes transmission & prevention

10:56

This episode covers the 2 things herpes needs to spread, the 2 times it can happen and the 3 things we can do to prevent it. Plus a fun fact about cows. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 3 - herpes diagnosis: my story

20:49

I go through the circumstances that led me to contracting herpes & the process of getting a medical diagnosis. Also I talk about tiny elf ninjas and why you are a yummy cupcake. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 4 - Dealing with herpes diagnosis

25:34

This episode covers the mental and emotional aspects of a herpes diagnosis & 5 tools from the Phoenix herself (it's me!) on how to deal with HSV diagnosis in a positive way. Let's talk about herpes, baby! 

EPISODE 5 - herpes testing

20:54

We cover 3 common tests for herpes, how, when and where to get tested, and the medical community's unfortunate approach to handling herpes. May this episode lead us all into sexy times with my favorite form of foreplay, so let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 6 - herpes medications, vitamins & relief

26:24

An informative, easy to understand crash course covering the 3 herpes meds, popular supplements/vitamins as well as topicals for treating HSV. What they all are, how they work and what they're good for. No fake cures from any WhatsApp doctors, don't worry. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 7 - managing outbreaks: tips & tricks + my story

25:11

Tips & tricks for managing herpes outbreaks including immediate care, prodrome, triggers and what to do/what to use during an outbreak. This ep goes hand in hand with ep 6! Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 8 - telling the person who gave me herpes

21:25

I share my experience of telling the person I contracted herpes from that they gave me an STI. I share my preparation, my nerves and how it went down! So just like I did with them, let's talk about herpes, baby! 

EPISODE 9 - telling my hookup i have herpes: my story

32:41

How I told the guy I was sleeping with that I contracted herpes...from someone else. It was awesome. And then it wasn't. And then it was. (Not a "how to disclose" episode. That's #10.) This is my story, and it's a gong show, so to hell with it, let's talk about herpes, baby. 💥*Explicit content*💥**TRIGGER WARNING: CONSENT**💥

EPISODE 10 - herpes disclosure tips & tricks

38:18

How to tell people you have herpes in 5 steps: Preparation, Timing, Phrasing, Results and Aftercare/Moving On! Plus ghosting, suing, and what I realized dating gym rats. I'm so excited for this one. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 11 - mindset: stis

18:29

Explore the positive and negative mindsets we have regarding herpes and life in general, positive test results or not. This episode is for everyone, and I'm dropping some harsh tough love. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 12 - herpes misconceptions

16:27

A review of the most common 13 misconceptions about herpes & the actual truth behind them. This is a great episode for potential romantic partners, friends, and family. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 13 - herpes stigma

53:04

What is stigma? Where exactly did the herpes stigma come from, how did it get so blown up, and why does it persist? A deep dive into these answers, how & why it's going away and why ultimately, you decide how big of a deal it is or not. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 14 - herpes support groups: pros & cons

20:12

I share the pros and cons of online HSV support groups, my experiences in them, and I spill a magical secret. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 15 - Telling my friends i have herpes: my story

30:20

Welcome to my disclosure world tour! In this personal episode, I talk about what happened when I told my friends about my herpes status & why I was so scared to tell one friend in particular. The cupcake metaphor returns, gardens are planted, and scones f*cking suck. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 16 - Sexuality after herpes

1:17:51

Lubrication! Education! Masturbation! Come, ha, with me on a journey to sexual liberation after a herpes diagnosis! Complete with musical interludes, hot pink vibrators, updates on the men from previous episodes, and how I went from numb & dissociated to an informed, sex positive, WAP having, non stigma holding HSV+ renegade. PLUS! Something I've never, ever told you before...Muahaha! Let's talk about herpes, baby!

EPISODE 17 - Telling my fAMILY i have herpes: my story

23:08

What happens when you tell conservative religious family members that you have an STI? For some reason I have those answers. Jump on board as I lost any last fracks to give and let my family in on my sex life for reasons unbeknownst to man & God. I ended up questioning whether or not disclosure is really necessary before intimacy and debating the statistics of how many people are dumbasses or not. Let's talk about herpes, baby!

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