Time with which I'm doing some more fulfilling stuff, like reading Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal. I actually finished this book about 2 weeks ago and it was such a great read. Combine terrific, intelligent, creative writing with the kind of story that is not often told, and you get a book that is NOT the same old, boring, cliched narrative. Blue Boy is about a young boy growing up in Cincinnati and trying make sense out of his experience being part of multiple marginalized groups (Indian, Hindu, non-heterosexual). The book is fun and adventurous and tells this boy's story in an organic and beautiful way. I couldn't put the book down. I highly recommend, especially for those of you who struggled to fit in while growing up.
In other news, something else really cool happened two weeks ago, and it's the reason I included "genital herpes" as part of a list of "good stuff." One of my focuses as a therapist is in the area of sexual health, and this includes leading a private support group for women with herpes. Herpes is more stigmatized and misunderstood than most other STDs. However, it is actually very common; many people contract it from monogamous partners who were unaware of their infection; condoms only reduce the risk of transmission by 1/3; and most people have no idea that individuals with a history of cold sores can transmit herpes to another person's genitals through oral sex.
And this great interview with her from Huffington Post Live.
By the way, although the CDC reports that 1 in 6 have type 2 genital herpes, it's important to remember that this number does not include all genital herpes infections. Type 1 (which we used to just think of as cold sores) causes many genital herpes infections. This means that many more than 1 in 6 have genital herpes.
My favorite resources for up-to-date, accurate information on herpes are
The American Sexual Health Association's Herpes Resource Center
The (Free) Updated Herpes Handbook from Westover Heights Clinic
Know someone who might be interested in my support group? Details are below. Individual therapy is also available.
Melissa King, M.S.Ed. : Psychotherapist
Prior to offering psychotherapy, Melissa spent over 10 years working as a wellness coach for women focusing on health, weight loss, self-esteem, and achieving personal goals. In addition to private practice, Melissa also works with the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at the NYC Department of Health, where she provides counseling to individuals with a range of concerns, including Interpersonal Relationship Issues, Insecurity in Social Situations, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Sexual Assault, Sex Addiction, Alcohol and other Substance Use Concerns, Sexual Health, Coping with a Herpes Diagnosis, HIV, and concerns related to Sexual Orientation. Melissa King is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (limited permit) working under the supervision of Charles Mayer, Psy.D.
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