Herpes tips on dating
They report feeling damaged, disgusting, and unappealing to "normal people".
This thinking is normal, especially for the newly diagnosed and it is typical for one's self esteem to temporarily dip with the weight of the news and future implications.
My first outbreak was quite painful because it coincided with an infected spider bite, but now I show symptoms so rarely that I pose no credible risk to my partners 99% of the time.
In retrospect, if my ex-boyfriend had known he had herpes and told me before we started dating, I wouldn’t have done anything differently, and I would still have herpes today.
But too often my impulse to capitulate to people who stems from a desire to seem chill. At the end of the day, STI stigma is a form of prejudice.They considered me as a full person, not the “side-effects” of having feelings for me.