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Dr. Liz Powell, Psy. D.

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San Francisco, CA
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5.0 of 5 (1)
I’ve been a fan of yours ever since you joined the crew of the Life on the Swingset podcast. So I was particularly glad to find your page and YouTube video, “How to Talk to Your Partner about STIs Without Shame” (http://sexpositivepsych.com/talking-stis/) when I googled ‘sex positive information gonorrhea’. After more than three decades in a traditional, monogamous relationship, my partner and I began exploring consensual non-monogamy a while back. She has been the one to lean into it more cautiously than I have, only going on a few casual first dates that never evolved into ongoing sexual/romantic relationships. But a couple weeks ago we went to a party where she met a guy she thought was pretty hot and who made his attraction for her plainly evident. With full consent of all parties, they slipped off to the back of the house and enjoyed some sexy time together. A few days later, she began to have some physical symptoms that sent her to the doctor where the results of gonorrhea came back yesterday. Imagine being monogamous for over 30 years, and having that as a consequence of your first sexual encounter outside your primary relationship. So, she kinda freaked out and her brain went to worst case scenario immediately. When she called me from the doctor’s office to tell me, and to say the doctor wants me to come in today for my own antibiotic vaccination, I quickly googled basic information on gonorrhea. I tried to reassure her that this was no big deal, easily treatable, and would be history in a couple weeks. She woke up this morning still freaking out a little. So I grabbed my laptop, ran a new Google search for good sex+ info and came across your video that I linked above and we watched it together with our morning coffee. Your video was super helpful in putting her mind at ease and helping her gain some perspective. Besides the antibiotic for the bacterial infection, your video has been the best medicine to treat the worst side effect of this, her embarrassment. With the help of your video, I will also be communicating with my one other partner and we will probably share the information with a small circle of friends on the off chance we’ve misjudged the transmission vector. So I just wanted to reach out say thank you. Thanks for putting this out there and making it so accessible, so understandable and . . . so damn normal. We really appreciate what you are doing.

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5.0 of 5 (1)
I’ve been a fan of yours ever since you joined the crew of the Life on the Swingset podcast. So I was particularly glad to find your page and YouTube video, “How to Talk to Your Partner about STIs Without Shame” (http://sexpositivepsych.com/talking-stis/) when I googled ‘sex positive information gonorrhea’. After more than three decades in a traditional, monogamous relationship, my partner and I began exploring consensual non-monogamy a while back. She has been the one to lean into it more cautiously than I have, only going on a few casual first dates that never evolved into ongoing sexual/romantic relationships. But a couple weeks ago we went to a party where she met a guy she thought was pretty hot and who made his attraction for her plainly evident. With full consent of all parties, they slipped off to the back of the house and enjoyed some sexy time together. A few days later, she began to have some physical symptoms that sent her to the doctor where the results of gonorrhea came back yesterday. Imagine being monogamous for over 30 years, and having that as a consequence of your first sexual encounter outside your primary relationship. So, she kinda freaked out and her brain went to worst case scenario immediately. When she called me from the doctor’s office to tell me, and to say the doctor wants me to come in today for my own antibiotic vaccination, I quickly googled basic information on gonorrhea. I tried to reassure her that this was no big deal, easily treatable, and would be history in a couple weeks. She woke up this morning still freaking out a little. So I grabbed my laptop, ran a new Google search for good sex+ info and came across your video that I linked above and we watched it together with our morning coffee. Your video was super helpful in putting her mind at ease and helping her gain some perspective. Besides the antibiotic for the bacterial infection, your video has been the best medicine to treat the worst side effect of this, her embarrassment. With the help of your video, I will also be communicating with my one other partner and we will probably share the information with a small circle of friends on the off chance we’ve misjudged the transmission vector. So I just wanted to reach out say thank you. Thanks for putting this out there and making it so accessible, so understandable and . . . so damn normal. We really appreciate what you are doing.





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