Disclosing your STI status to your sexual partner(s) shouldn’t feel like the end of the world. We’ve been conditioned to think this way, and it takes time to dismantle these notions. Disclosing your STI status should be a more comfortable and manageable endeavor. We made this guide to help you decide the best way to disclose your STI status and reformat your own perspective around STIs.

Before we go into deets, let’s affirm a few things:

It’s a two way street (or multi-way, depending on what fun you’re engaging in). Regardless of your STI status, everyone involved has the right to ask about each other’s STI status (when you last…

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that lives on the warm and wet lining inside your pee hole, vagina, butt hole or throat. Therefore, you can get chlamydia without having sex. It is treatable, but you can get it over and over again. It often shows no symptoms, the only way to know if you have chlamydia is to get tested.

How do you get chlamydia?

When the warm and wet lining of your pee hole, vagina, butt hole or throat comes in contact with those parts on a partner, or any of the fluids from those areas (not just cum), Chlamydia can be shared. …

We bet that if there’s one thing we have in common, it’s that we all received some severely lacking, much-to-be-desired sex education. Though recently there’s been a push towards sex positivity, consent education, and do-what-you-will sex inclusivity, knowledge surrounding sexual health, specifically STIs, is still mysteriously lacking. Here’s some fundamental truths about taking care of your sexual health that may have been overlooked in your journey of sexual liberation:

1. Many STIs are asymptomatic — meaning that you don’t show any symptoms.

Think about it like COVID. You can still spread it to others you have contact with, even if you yourself feel totally fine.

I admit I didn’t know this before, back…

STI Testing Collection Instruments

For the fifth year in a row, the incidence of STIs is on the rise. In 2018, there were 1.8 million newly diagnosed cases of Chlamydia and 580,000 newly diagnosed cases of Gonorrhea. Both STIs are seeing increased rates of infection despite being fully curable after diagnosis.

These two STIs are often asymptomatic (meaning you show no symptoms) and the only way to know whether you have an infection is through routine & regular testing.

That’s why at Ash our core mission is to make sexual health and wellness inclusive and accessible. We do this by making STI testing easy. No judgments. No labels. Just easy STI testing in the comfort of your home.

Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you get “tested” for a bacterial or viral infection? Does a fancy intern in a white lab coat look through an even fancier microscope to see if you have a very unfancy pathogen? (the answer is almost certainly no, science is way cooler than that).

We hope that Ash (www.meetash.com) can illuminate a little of the mystery behind STI testing here, and do our part to remove the stigma and surrounds testing. Testing is knowledge, and knowledge is freedom. Don’t be that dumbass that thinks ignorance is cool.

There are a few…

Are you going crazy yet? Social distancing coupled with working at home can be challenging for many of us. And yes we’re not the first brand to encourage you to take advantage of this time… ya know… learn a new language, work out, practice your soufflé making skills.. Blah blah blah blah…

At Ash we believe that sexual wellness is essential to everyone’s life. So while in quarantine we wanted to encourage you to make sexual wellness a priority with some easy and fun ideas.

Practicing Sexual Wellness during COVID19 with yourself or with a partner you currently live with…

Today is Valentine’s Day 2020. It’s the start of a long weekend, and, not to set expectations too high, but it’s also the first Valentines Day of the decade. Regardless of your relationship status, we’re hoping that means sex. Lot’s of sex. Maybe that means with your partner, with someone you’ve been seeing for a few weeks, that special someone who was 1083 feet away, or even yourself — we hope that you’re in for a fun time this weekend. No matter who you decide to play with, we want you to be healthy, happy, and to have fun, without…

Ash Wellness

No office visits, no lab visits, no judgment — just discreet, simple, and affordable STI testing from the comfort of your home.

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