Dating a person with herpes
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Telling a partner that you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as genital herpes, may not be easy, but it’s necessary.
(However, you can get either strain of the virus on other parts of your body.) You can have either type without exhibiting any symptoms, yet still pass it on to other people via genital secretions or skin to skin contact, which makes herpes a prevalent STI.
Many people either don’t have a visible sore, or do not know they have herpes, and then pass it on to their partner(s).
I make sure that my body language — posture, tone of voice, eye contact — are all conveying how I feel about having herpes: There’s nothing shameful about it!
From what they say to how new partners react, here’s how Laureen and 22 other women tell a sexual partner they have genital herpes.