Jenelle Marie, Founder of the STD Project, Shares On Herpes Diagnosis and Learning To Embrace Life To The Fullest
Interview By Dr. Kelly- Pink Tent™
This month I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Jenelle Marie Pierce (fka Davis), the founder of the STD Project, and a huge voice within the STD community. Having been diagnosed with genital herpes at the age of 16, Jenelle had to learn how to navigate through feelings of shame, social stigmas, and painful outbreaks at a young age.
There are many people who feel that a herpes diagnosis is a “death sentence” to their love life. It can bring with it shame, pain, and guilt that we live with for years, believing we no longer deserve to be loved. I hope you listen to Jenelle’s story and find hope in the fact that living a life full of love and happiness is possible! There are more and more women like Jenelle that are opening up and sharing their stories, hoping to be a catalyst in changing the way herpes is viewed in our current society.
I am so excited to share this interview with our Pink Tent™ community! Watch the video here:
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About Jenelle Marie
Jenelle Marie Pierce (fka Davis) is the Founder & Executive Director of The STD Project, the STD Expert for Answers.com, a Hepatitis Expert for HepatitisC.net, a Spokesperson for PositiveSingles.com, an adjunct professor, an eater of jello, and a lover of snow. She was diagnosed with genital herpes at the age of 16, and is also proof an STI is not a deal-breaker or the end of your world; rather, it is merely an unexpected curve-ball in this interesting game we call life.
Thank you for sharing your discussion regarding STDs/Is. You both shared very good information and I can now read more from the social platforms you mentioned. I will say this: big data is extremely important these days especially in a technological savvy generation we’re apart of. Continue to push those hard facts and numbers because that’s what determines justifiable decision- making at all levels. My take aways were plenty but the three major were: knowing the numbers in the aggregate (who also has it); unreported numbers on overall cases; and the overall stigma of having HSV 1 or/and 2. Again, thanks !