When quarantine started, I figured “well, that’s the end of meeting new people.”
Like many sexually active adults, Courtney has herpes. And like most Americans, he was raised with inaccurate ideas about STIs, like the notion they are shameful and will keep a person from living a full, loving life. The diagnosis hit him hard, prompting depression and suicidal thoughts.
The talented athlete and fitness professional knew he wasn’t alone with these feelings and set out to create a podcast that would serve as an educational resource for others.
This was the beginning of Something Positive for Positive People, a project that expanded to become a sex-positive non-profit organization, helping people discard stigma in favor of knowledge and empowerment.
We had an incredible chat about his experiences, the organization, the ways in which systems of education and healthcare have let down men of color, and dating with an STI.