12th June 2020 13:55

Denise McAlister is a former teacher with a qualification in Sexuality and Sexual Health from Dublin City University. She is honouring her calling to open up the conversation around STI’s putting an end to associated shame and stigma with her powerful message – “It’s Okay.”

For Denise this is a personal journey. Having contracted an STI as a teenager, her self image and sexual confidence was affected by the shame and stigma. She kept it as a secret for 15 years and avoided relationships.

Then, as she began to open up about it in women’s circles she found talking about it empowering. She describes this first step as: “daunting, nerve wracking, vulnerable. However, vulnerable conversations are memorable. Vulnerability and openness connects with people.”

Denise shares her journey to step out and be visible and vocal, to share her personal story on a topic that is taboo and stigmatised.

Links

Lets Talk STI’s on Instagram: www.instagram.com/letstalkstis/

PR with Heart: www.katbyles.com/products/pr-with-heart/

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