People dating herpes
Herpes has a unique stigma among sexually transmitted diseases.
Taking that into account, genital herpes statistics are usually quoted at closer to 25 percent for women and 10 percent for men, but most of these people don’t even know they have it.The virus can lie dormant in your system for years without coming to the surface.The initial outbreak is often the worst, occurring a few days to a couple of weeks after being infected.Instead, what keeps this 27-year-old from approaching the cute girl across the room is a set of hypotheticals that most people don’t deal with.“My mind runs ahead to ‘the disclosure talk’ and then all the way down to, ‘What if we have sex and what if I give it to her?’” said Peckham, an IT professional who lives in Austin, Texas.In terms of a person’s health, genital herpes is usually nothing to worry about.
According to the National Institutes of Health, many people with genital herpes never even have outbreaks or their outbreaks decrease over time (one or two outbreaks a year is not uncommon).
Peckham has had genital herpes for six years now and got it from an ex-girlfriend who didn’t know she had it.
He hasn’t been in a relationship with any girls since his diagnosis, though he’s been rejected by a few girls who asked to be friends after hearing about his condition.
But it’s difficult to pin down exactly when and why our negative associations started.
Regardless of where the stigma came from, film and TV no doubt keep it alive.
Condoms merely lower your risk, according to the CDC.