meet Josh - our sexual health guy
Are you interested in chatting with someone on social media about all things sexual health? Josh is your guy! We asked him a few questions so you could get to know him better. Read on to learn more.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I’m a Leo, middle child of 3, and wildly enthusiastic. I grew up in a town just a bit too small for me directly in between Buffalo and Rochester, but have been living in the Rochester area for over 8 years now. I have a small dog (Chewie) and crazy cat (Alfie).
Q: How long have you worked in sexual health?
A: I have been working in sexual health for 5 years and studying it for 10+ years.
Q: What’s your favorite part about your job?
A: People and sex talk! What’s not to love? I’ve always wanted to do something that involved helping people through tough times. I remember my first run-in with HIV, and it was scary. Mostly because I didn’t have anyone to talk to about it. It’s great to be able to be that person for someone else.
Q: What can we talk about/What can I ask you about?
A: Anything and everything. I am here to help people with sexual health and all that jazz, but I never turn down a friendly conversation.
Q: What can you help with?
A: Connecting people to free or affordable healthcare services. While I specialize in Sexual Health (PrEP/PEP, free testing, free condoms/lube, and free risk reduction counseling), we do so much more at Trillium Health. I work with a team of amazing healthcare professionals and can get people connected to other services like HEP C testing/treatment, pharmacy needs, primary care needs, syringe exchange, and so on.
Q: How often are you on these apps?
A: I am online every day. I do have a personal life so I may not be online ALL day, but I check my inbox multiple times a day. So if you message me, I am sure to respond within 24 hours, but usually within 5 hours.
Q: What is something you think everyone should know about HIV?
A: There are two things actually: 1. HIV is not a death sentence anymore but you need to be tested to know you need treatment so that you can keep yourself and your sexual partners healthy. 2. HIV is PREVENTABLE! There are so many affordable ways to prevent HIV like PrEP, treatment and condoms. No one should have to be worried about an HIV infection today.
Q: I'm interested in learning more. Can we talk?
A: Absolutely! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.