We were naked. He was hard. I'd always considered this moment the best time to disclose, because rejection seemed less likely when the possibility of a good lay was hot-breath close. Though maybe once we're naked, it's too late.
I shut my legs and stacked my knees to one side. “I have to tell you something,” I said.
Prefaces, everyone knows, are never good.
“What?” he asked.
I took a breath, let it out. I hate this part, I said to myself, possibly aloud. And then, definitely aloud: “I have herpes.”
Silence. The word had to be chased with something.
“But before you freak out,” I said as casually [...]
Did you catch the whole HPV vaccine fight during the Tea Party debate the other night? Ayelet Waldman did and is being very honest over on Twitter right now, which reminded us how much we loved her shockingly revealing Fresh Air interview. NSFW if your boss isn't into you crying at your desk. Topics discussed: mental illness, abortion, and being an over-sharer.
Good news: Soon you can find out whether you and people whose pee you have access to are infected with chlamydia and other STDs using only your smartphone. Just pee on a thing, plug it into your phone, and new software will tell you what diseases you've picked up. Then it emits a long, piercing siren! No, the hope is that the phone technology will then send a message — or, let you choose whether to send a message — to the nearest clinic/pharmacy, where you can go pick up medication and cure yourself.
But wait — covering something with pee and then attaching it to an item [...]