Commonly Overheard in Bushwick: “1,700 Dollars? For STD Tests?!”

October 28, 2014 2 620 News, Sexuality

Commonly Overheard in Bushwick is an occasional series we write whenever we hear something someone actually said on the streets of Bushwick. This is not to be confused with the Tumblr of a similar name.

Bushwick wavers between two factions of people: those with money and those who struggle to attain an adequate amount of money to live the stereotypical Bushwick lifestyle. Then again, perhaps this could be said of all of of New York City. Regardless, Bushwick is a special epicenter of contrasting spectrums of wealth. That’s why it’s not so appalling to overhear an exchange among friends that consists of, “1,700 dollars? For STD tests?!” The two parties involved in the conversation, Madeleine Sesso, a 21-year-old server at L.A. Burrito, and Brandon Fagola, a 23-year-old who took Sesso under his wing after she moved here from their hometown of Pensacola, were discussing the invasive and expensive nature of Sesso’s recent STD test.

Insurance papers Sesso had to fill out to obtain her STD tests

Insurance papers Sesso had to fill out to obtain her STD tests

Sesso, who had to get tested after unwittingly sleeping with a foreigner, was unprepared for the astronomical costs it would take to get a simple yes or no as to whether or not she had AIDS, gonorrhea or chlamydia (the only three things you can really get, right?). Because she had avoided Obamacare, Sesso was forced to pay the price of not having insurance on an L.A. Burrito worker’s wages. Hence, Fagola’s warranted reaction of incredulity.

Written by Genna Rivieccio