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Jenelle Marie Pierce

Jenelle Marie Pierce is the Herpes+ Founder of TheSTDProject.com - a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STI stigma by facilitating awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. Jenelle is also the Spokesperson for PositiveSingles.com, a Hepatitis C Expert for HepatitisC.net, and an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jenelle tri-chairs the Communications Action Group for the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), and she is a member of the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (IUASTD), the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA), the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR), and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). Her work has been featured in popular TV, radio, and print outlets such as: The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Jezebel, Forbes, HuffPost Live, NPR, Mother Jones, Refinery 29, The Daily Mail, Bustle, and many more.

In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and spends time outdoors camping, snow shoeing, hiking, skiing, kayaking, growing things, running through sprinklers, and building sand castles. You can also find Jenelle on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Twitter.

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Articles by Jenelle Marie Pierce


Most People You Know Have an STD Most People You Know Have an STD Most People You Know Have an STD Most People You Know Have an STD


Are you over the age of 15? Are you sexually active? Then you probably have or have had an STD. Now that we have that over with, let's bust...

Is Mono an STD? The Answer May Surprise You Is Mono an STD? The Answer May Surprise You Is Mono an STD? The Answer May Surprise You Is Mono an STD? The Answer May Surprise You


Understand why mono often borders the land of STDs and is placed into that confusing gray area

Scared of STD Tests? Here's Why You Shouldn't Be Scared of STD Tests? Here's Why You Shouldn't Be Scared of STD Tests? Here's Why You Shouldn't Be Scared of STD Tests? Here's Why You Shouldn't Be


Think STD testing will be awkward and embarrassing? In fact, you're more likely to feel empowered and in control of your sexual health....

7 Not-So-Deadly Myths About STDs 7 Not-So-Deadly Myths About STDs 7 Not-So-Deadly Myths About STDs 7 Not-So-Deadly Myths About STDs


We've gathered seven other not-so-deadly myths about STDs: explained, decrypted and vetted for your educational benefit

Is Skype a Safer Way to Have Sex? Is Skype a Safer Way to Have Sex? Is Skype a Safer Way to Have Sex? Is Skype a Safer Way to Have Sex?


Sex often comes with some level of personal risk, even when there's no physical contact at all. Find out how to stay safe

The Shocking Truth About STDs The Shocking Truth About STDs The Shocking Truth About STDs The Shocking Truth About STDs


STDs can be unknowingly transmitted or contracted by anyone who's sexually active, whether they engage in vaginal, anal or oral sex. Here's...