The more I spoke to my partner about herpes, the more I saw that the biggest issue surrounding herpes is not the STI itself but society’s stigma.
My newfound herpes education led me to make a choice: I was going to have sex with this guy.
It’s true that the majority of the time, genital outbreaks are symptomatic of HSV II, but you can be infected by either type in either location, or even have both types in a given location — which makes me think that, functionally speaking, distinguishing between oral and genital infections is pointless.
I wasn’t prepared when he suddenly dropped a bomb on me: He had genital herpes.
When we met offline, we became intimate very quickly, but we abstained from having intercourse.
Health care professionals say that sex partners of people with herpes should be tested, as that is the only way to know for sure if they are infected or not.
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.