Recently, I started talking online with a new guy who made me feel all of the tingles and energy that signal the beginning of an exciting new relationship.
I wasn’t prepared when he suddenly dropped a bomb on me: He had genital herpes.
HSV-1 is the one that usually causes cold sores around your mouth and lips.
HSV-2 is the one usually responsible for genital herpes.
Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause infections anywhere on your body, and both HSV-1 and HSV-2 are more common than you think. The prevalent statistics you encounter in drug commercials, sex ed, and PSAs are inconsistent and often confusing.
That’s because herpes infections are much more complicated than we paint them in our SNL sketches and stand-up routines. It’s from Project Accept.org: Around 75% of Americans carry HSV 1 or HSV 2 somewhere on their body.
If you are also tested positive, there is no harm in continuing the relationship, as you cannot pass it on to someone who already has the infection.
Learn about the infection and ways of having safe sex with your partner in case you don’t have the infection.
My head tells me to handle this like a mature gentleman.Herpes is contagious and if you don’t care much for the person, it is better to break off the relationship.However, if you really care about your partner, love can be more powerful than a skin condition.Now that you know you have genital herpes, you're out of the dating game, right? There's no reason to stop looking for love and fun.Genital herpes doesn't detract from your many desirable qualities, which have drawn people to you in the past and will continue to make you a great catch. The first date after a genital herpes diagnosis may seem a little strange, however.