This Is What No One Tells You About Getting (And Having) Herpes

“Herpes and other STIs don’t mean your dating life is over. It’s different, and it’s a bit stressful sometimes, but it’s far from over. Find good medical advice, look for support and dip your toes back into the dating pool when you’re ready.”

“Why are you crying?”

Those were the first words my doctor said to me after telling me I had herpes. I was just post-divorce, in excruciating pain, and I thought I would never date again. I think crying was an understated reaction, all things considered.

My knowledge about herpes was limited at the time; I “knew” what everyone “knew.” I knew that herpes was sexually transmitted, that it was an easy punchline and that obviously it was something to be ashamed of…

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dating-with-herpes_n_5d66941fe4b01fcc690d310d

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