Jul 252013

For the second year in a row, I’ve been voted a top 100 blog (this year, 31 to be specific) about Sex & Love & Dating by GetSTDtested.com. First of all, I’m stoked that a site focusing on STD and STI testing even compiles such a list; frequently, people think talking about safer sex and/or getting tested is dry and boring. And second of all, I’m glad to be on the list in such great company. To see the whole list, check it out here!

Also, they loved the recent series of blog posts by my intern around having a frank conversation about STIs (check out the Intern Corner to read all 5 parts), and are offering a deal for my readers:

As an online STD testing and treatment service, we appreciate your candid discussion of sex, sexuality and relationships (love the most recent articles about STIs!). As a gift to your readers, we would like to offer a unique coupon code for $25 off all STD and HIV testing. Users can enter code SHANNAKATZ at checkout for instant savings.

Yep, so if you perhaps didn’t have insurance, or live somewhere that doesn’t have awesome free HIV testing at Prides and city fairs, then now you can have more affordable testing as well.

Thanks for the award, and let’s keep on keeping on with conversations about safer sex, STIs and more, as part of our overall conversations and about sex and pleasure.


Apr 102012

Repost from last year, but still, and always important:

Did you know that April is a lot of different months relating to sexuality? One of them happens to be National Get Yourself Tested Month, and I think everyone should be celebrating!

How? It’s easy! Head on over to www.GYTnow.org for information, coupons, ways of find places near by you and more. Whether you’re single, in multiple relationships, sleeping with lots of folks, or in a monogamous relationship, you should know your status regarding STIs. Being “Clean” has nothing to do with whether or not you have a sexually transmitted infection; 75-80% of sexually active Americans have or have had an STI at some point. That’s the majority — it’s OK to have an STI, but you need to know so a) you can get treated either to cure it or help the symptoms (depending whether it is bacterial or viral) and b) so you can make decisions along with your partner(s) about what type of safer sex you’d like to be having. It’s really tough to make those decisions and have those conversations if you don’t even know where you stand.

So whether you choose to head over to Planned Parenthood, your local STI clinic, your primary care physician, your gynecologist, your country health center, your campus clinic, etc, I commend you for taking the first step to power- knowledge. If you need cheap, free or sliding scale testing, it is out there. Take the plunge and get a full panel; find out where you stand so you can then take control of your sexual health and wellness to make decisions that are good for you, as well as for past, present and future partners.

Step up, and make a change!