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Episode 3: Former Foster Youth On Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Featuring Cody and Lonnell Schuler

Let’s talk about how to stay safe and prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). We discuss methods for safe sex, relatable accounts of what it’s like to navigate the healthcare system with an STI, shaking off stigma, being open and feeling safe with partners, and more. Tamar and Cody of RHEP’s Youth Advisory Board are joined by Lonnell Schuler, Black Women for Wellness, program lead for Get Smart B4U Get Sexy. If you have any questions about this critical information, be sure to check out these useful resources:

Content Advisory: The stories we are sharing sometimes touch on different kinds of trauma, please take care of yourself while you listen.

Tamar (she/her) is a RHEP Youth Advisory Board Member

Cody (she/her)
 is a RHEP Youth Advisory Board member


Lonnell Schuler (he/him) is the program lead for Get Smart B4U Get Sexy at Black Women for Wellness.

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Episode Resources

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Black Women for Wellness
  • Black Women for Wellness: an organization committed to advancing the health and well-being of Black women & girls through education, empowerment and advocacy
  • TeenSource: Teen health resources and information on STI’s, Birth Control and free health clinics and health resources near you


  • APLA Health: providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, HIV specialty care, food, housing and other essential support services


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