It took years for Davis, founder of The STD Project , which encourages awareness and acceptance of various sexually transmitted diseases, and spokesperson for Positive Singles , a dating site for people with STDs, to come to terms with the diagnosis she got at age When she was diagnosed with herpes almost three years ago, Whitney Carlson, 29, a social media editor in Chicago, had a similar reaction. The infection, which is caused by the herpes simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2 viruses and passed via skin-to-skin contact, can show up as a cluster of sores on the mouth area or genitals. Around two-thirds of people worldwide under age 50 have herpes simplex 1, according to the World Health Organization , and around one in every six Americans between ages 14 and 49 has genital herpes, usually caused by herpes simplex 2, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both Davis and Carlson eventually moved past their initial panic and saw herpes for what it is: an infection many people have that happens to usually get passed through sexual contact.
Why Should I Date Someone With Herpes?
How to Handle Dating When You Have Herpes
Any person that's ever had a cold sore could spread the virus to your child- certainly NOT only someone with genitalia herpes. Do you know how common cold sores are? Guarantee your mom, dad, grandparents, babysitter gets them. One of your friends most likely has genital herpes, I bet you'd still allow them around your child. I have herpes. Husband is herpes free after 5 years of unprotected sex. I am on meds and know my body.
Dating With Herpes
Sometimes the question is data-based, about what transmission statistics are real. Sometimes the question is esoteric, about whether or not he truly knew this woman in the first place. Why on Earth would I knowingly choose to put myself in danger like that? Is she worth it? Does your dick get hard around her?
Dating is enough of a challenge on its own but having herpes and dating can be especially tough. Do you tell people? And is it still possible to find love?