The Pillow Talk We Don’t Talk About: Living with a Sexually Transmitted Infection

In her final year of university, Ryerson graduate Emma* discovered she had HPV. Although she struggled with this revelation for some time, she’s grown to accept this part of her and she doesn’t let it define her. This is Emma’s story.

By Jessica Huynh, Storyteller for RU Student Life

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Imiquimod Cream is a prescription medication used to treat HPV genital warts. Brands like Aldara can cost upwards of $700 according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Aldara is covered by the Exceptional Access Program EAP but not the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB). (Image Courtesy of IndiaMarket)
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Without any support, Emma called her previous sexual partners and informed them she had HPV and urged them to go get tested.
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After discovering she had HPV, Emma spiralled into a depression. She eventually went on medication under the guidance of her family doctor.
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“Yes, dating will change for me but it won’t prevent me from dating,” Emma declared confidently.
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On an unexpected Tinder date, Emma met someone who had HPV and learned from him how to navigate the dating world as someone with a sexually transmitted infection.

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