Sexual health in the State of Arkansas needs some attention. Sit down with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Ashley Connors and Educator Lily Valibaba-Sullivan to discuss a wide range of topics centered around sexual health. Each episode contains research, ideas, guests, and a safe space to explore topics often overlooked when it comes to the sexual health of an Arkansan such as, sexual assault, implicit bias, advocacy, LGBTQIA+, healthcare disparity and more to come. Join Ashley and Lily each month for a look into a new topic worth exploring.
HIV & AIDS in the Nation & Arkansas
On this episode of Wake Up to Sexual Health, Ashley and Lily dive into all things HIV & AIDS related. We look at the history of the disease through the lens of our generational experience, transmission rates, diagnosis, stages, and treatment. As always, we include those Arkansas specifics and the healthcare perspective. Join us as we explore HIV & AIDS in our nation and Arkansas, both past and present.
Sex Workers & Healthcare
Lily is tackling a big topic first thing in 2023. Sex workers face a ton of stigma and bias in both the world at large and in healthcare. Let's explore this topic and how to address our implicit bias so this population of patient receives the best care possible.
What is Trans Law in Arkansas?
Arkansas was one of the first states to begin enacting bills and acts to block medical treatment for trans patients under the age of 18 for both gender confirming medical treatment, as well as, reassignment surgeries. Many medical professionals both locally and nationally have argued that gender reassignment surgery is NOT happening to patients under the age of 18 and that denying gender affirming medical treatment can increase an already at risk community of higher suicide rates and major depressive episodes, not excluding other medical conditions such as body dysmorphia. So what do you do when the laws in your state are basically invalidating your experience? Wake Up to Sexual Health, has a very special guest today to help us address our questions and share their experience on this episode; What is Trans Law?
What is Vicarious Trauma and Burnout?
Join Ashley and Lily as they define these two things which can directly impact your mental health and satisfaction with your job. We will also explore symptoms and how to cope if you are experiencing one or both of these workplace challenges. While Vicarious Trauma and Burnout are not directly related to sexual health, thanks to our firm belief in the health trifecta- physical, mental, and sexual, and the premise that one affects the other this topic can affect the other aspects of your health trifecta. Let’s explore this topic together.
What is bias?
Wake Up to Sexual Health is here to answer, What is bias? Join Ashley and Lily as they define, discuss research, and muse on the difference between bias and implicit bias, where bias comes from, and an anthropological explanation for why bias exists. Let’s explore some of the research and information surrounding bias and how that looks in the state of Arkansas.
What is HIV and AIDS?
Wake Up to Sexual Health is here to answer, What is HIV/AIDS and what have we learned in the forty plus years since it exploded into public eye? Join Ashley and Lily as they define, discuss research, and muse on HIV/AIDS in America. They choose Pride Month to discuss this particular topic to highlight how the homosexual community was blamed and persecuted for the AIDs epidemic. Let’s explore some of the research and information surrounding HIV and AIDs and how that looks in the state of Arkansas.