Over the past few years there has been a shift in how we talk about sex and everything about sex. These new movements include things such as slut shaming, everyone owning their bodies as their own, and being able to recognize their rights as human beings. There have also been many strides to eliminate stigmas related to sexual health. One of these changes includes changing the Sexually transmitted diseases (STD), to sexually transmitted infections (STI).
When you think of a disease, what comes to mind? For most people it is things such as death, some type deterioration, someone very ill who is quite possibly going to die. For someone who is going to get tested, or someone who thinks they have some sort of sexually transmitted infection, if you change the infection to disease, you automatically feel more scared, like you are doomed, when in actuality, no STI would really be a death sentence now a days. All STIs are treatable or curable, and none of them are actually diseases. They can all be broken down into viral, bacterial, or itchy pains in the butt (crabs, and scabies). I don’t know about you, but I much prefer having an infection of any kind, rather than having a disease any day.
So let’s all help reduce the fear and stigma and be scientifically correct, and say sexually transmitted infection and not disease.
I am not going into too much detail about STIs and what they can do, or talking about stigma, as I will be talking about all of those, in depth shortly. So stay tuned!