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​ Real Talk: Embracing Sexual Health & Empowerment​

Join David and Ty on a journey of empowerment and education with our “Real Talk” series, featuring their insights as both community members and sexual health care advocates. In this documentary-style series, David and Ty share their real-life experiences with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They talk about the importance of proactive testing, treatment, and vaccination. Join us as we break down barriers, increase understanding about STIs, and provide resources for free testing, vaccination, and sexual health support. Watch David and Ty’s full video episodes below.​

Real Talk Episode 1: David​

In the debut episode of “Real Talk,” David discusses his experiences with STIs and the importance of sexual health as part of his overall health. From sharing personal stories to advocating for preventive measures like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and regular STI and HIV testing, David emphasizes the power of open communication and community support in navigating a sexual health routine. Through empathy and empowerment, David encourages viewers to embrace their identities and prioritize their well-being by seeking out support systems and resources.

Real Talk Episode 2: Ty

In the second episode of “Real Talk,” Ty shares how he is removing stigma surrounding sexual health within the gay community. As the “condom guy,” Ty is dedicated to breaking down barriers and promoting open conversations about STIs and preventive measures like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Drawing from personal experiences with STIs, Ty both encourages individuals to prioritize their sexual health and to build a supportive community.


What Are STIs?

An STI or sexually transmitted infection, also known as an STD or sexually transmitted disease, is a virus, bacteria, fungus or parasite people can get through sexual contact. Many STIs have no symptoms so it’s important to include regular testing in your sexual health routine.

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What’s Doxy PEP

In a nutshell, doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis (doxy PEP) is taking an antibiotic called doxycycline to help prevent chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It involves taking one 200mg dose of doxycycline orally as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours after having sex without a condom to help prevent these bacterial STIs.


Prevention: PrEP/PEP for HIV

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medication that is highly effective at preventing HIV when taken as prescribed. HIV PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medication started within 72 hours of potential HIV exposure to prevent infection. Both ​HIV PrEP and PEP are effective HIV prevention strat​​egies.​

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Testing & Treatment

Most people who have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) don’t have symptoms, so it’s important to get tested regularly so you can catch and treat infections early, and not pass them on to others.

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Vaccines (also called immunizations) are the most effective way to prevent certain sexually transmitted infections (like HPV, mpox, or hepatitis A and B), and are available to you at little or no cost.​


Talk to your provider

It’s important to have an honest and open conversation with a health care provider about your sexual history, sexual partners, and sexual practices so they can recommend the right vaccinations, testing, and screening schedule for you.​

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

STIs, also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are common and in most cases easy to treat when caught early. Many STIs are curable. Here’s everything you need to know about the most common STIs so you can keep yourself and your partners safe.

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People who are or can become pregnant

Protecting yourself protects your future children from infections.

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Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)

Protecting yourself protects your community from STIs.

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Youth and young adults

Protect yourself and your partners and help stop the spread of STIs.


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