Did you know that over 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes? 15 percent! However, even though genital herpes is a relatively common condition, it's still joked about quite often. People are regularly shamed or made fun of for having genital herpes.
Gunz was diagnosed with genital herpes last year, after which she quickly became aware and was bombarded with the stigma surrounding the condition. These days, genital herpes lives hand-in-hand with slut shaming and victim blaming among women.
Looking for new platforms to talk about being a woman living with herpes, Gunz hosted an AMA so people could ask her questions about genital herpes and what it is like living with it. The responses she received from internet trolls showed us exactly what's it's like for women who live with it.
One commenter said, "After reading alllll the comments, I think this thing cheated on its man, got da hurp, and is trying to portray itself as something noteworthy. Bad AMA is bad. Fake person is fake."
You would hope that someone so open, honest and brave would be met with open arms. Instead, she endured a whole lot of mansplaining, sexism and hate. Oh, the internet.
People talked down to her and corrected her knowledge (even though she is the one living with herpes). A number of Redditors continued to attack her, referring to her as "it." They slut-shamed her, said she should be quarantined, accused her of picking fights and said she was "defensive," "sensitive" and "aggressive".
She wrote in an article for The Tab, "As long as what I did was helpful to at least one person, that's enough for me. I don't expect I'll change everyone's minds, or that everyone will be 100 percent onboard with what I'm trying to do, but it was great to see that what I did meant something to someone out there."