ED: When I was diagnosed, the person I was dating was the classic college boy.He was really freaked out and quite worried about his reputation and people thinking that he had herpes.
Then she starts talking about how crucial communication and honestly are for her, and I agree yes of course that is central.
Long story short, she tells me "Adrian, I have genital herpes." She goes on to tell me about how it's "one of the most common" sexually transmitted infections, and that it isn't serious from a medical standpoint, and that aside from outbreaks, there are no complications from it.
Marie Claire: How has having a STI affected your dating life?
One in every six people between the ages of 14-49 have it, and the majority don't even know (! To help us demystify the experience, we spoke with herpes-positive blogger Ella Dawson, 23, to tell us about what really happens when you date with the STI.
For most people, the anxiety over not telling your partner you have herpes is worse than the telling itself.
On the other hand, by telling your partner you have herpes and allowing them to enter into the relationship with full knowledge of your infection, you reduce the likelihood of them becoming infected with herpes.Most people find that their partners are both supportive and understanding.It is a common assumption to initially think that a person may base their judgement of you on the fact you have genital herpes. People fear the possibility of rejection but the reality of this is that it rarely happens.Many people do not feel comfortable talking about sexuality and sexual health issues.This pamphlet will explore ways of feeling more confident in discussing herpes in the context of a sexual relationship.Now, please understand that herpes is something I've never had to think about before in my life.