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Sex educators, health counselors and sex positive advocates all agree that the best way to bust the stigma is talk about it.
“It’s really important to be open about it because they’re really common,” says 29-year-old Kaleigh Trace, a sex educator in Halifax (read her experience with HPV below).
It’s one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the country.
The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that around 75 percent of sexually active men and women will get HPV at some point in their lives, with the highest rates of infection occurring between the ages of 15 and 24.
It’s really entrenched in our culture to shame STIs.
For a long time, it was totally commonplace to say ‘are you clean? I like comparing STIs to other illnesses: not ideal, but not going to ruin your life.
Rather, we often keep these experiences to ourselves, where they morph into dark, shameful, isolating secrets—as if getting chlamydia is akin to becoming a sexual pariah.
If I showed symptoms or if I had herpes, which never leaves your body, it would be different.
Another misconception is that you can’t contract it orally.
I didn’t know what was going on until I got tested for STIs and learned it was chlamydia. I’m really safe sexually and always made sure to take care of my body, but I guess there were a couple slip-ups.
Of course, then there was the amazing conversation I had to have with this guy who I was messing around with without condoms: ‘Hey, I have to let you know that I have chlamydia, so you should get that checked immediately. ’ He was so shocked and there were about five minutes where I felt ashamed.