Dating life with herpes
Is it safe to date someone with herpes?
After herpes diagnosis, people may worry about being judged. They may be scared they could spread herpes to their partners. They may simply be terrified about how they are going to face the world. Fortunately, it turns out that most of the time dating with herpes isnt nearly as scary as worrying about it. Heres why.
Can people with herpes have relationships?
“Although it is understandable to experience a range of negative emotions after a diagnosis, people with herpes can and are able to have enjoyable, healthy romantic and sexual relationships, says sexual and reproductive health researcher S. Robyn Charlery White, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Can I still have sex if I have herpes?
Sure, you’ll need to make a few changes going forward, including telling potential partners about your diagnosis before getting busy and learning to recognize signs of an outbreak. But you can absolutely continue dating and engaging in sexual activity. There are two types of the herpes simplex virus (HSV), HSV-1 and HSV-2.
Is there a stigma around herpes in the dating world?
In the dating world, Black women are often made to feel like they aren’t good enough and not worthy of actual healthy, loving and meaningful relationships. Add having herpes to the mix, and things can get even more complicated. There’s such a stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ), especially herpes.