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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? Is she nice? The facts on herpes are actually quite clear when you do research online: herpes transmission is not that simple, particularly when both parties make an effort to use condoms, antivirals, dental dams, and so forth.
I know couples who have gone years without transmitting by being honest with each other about when they are having outbreaks. Although individual symptoms depend on your overall health and the strain you carry, for many folks herpes is an uncomfortable initial outbreak and mild recurrences, if any. How did my partners after my diagnosis make the decision of whether or not to sleep with me? Sure, they did some Googling. One talked to his doctor about how it might impact an existing condition he had. But mostly they looked at me, and thought about the fun, challenging conversations we had, and remembered how gorgeous my thick hair is.
When it came down to the brass tacks of who I am, there was no decision to be made at all. In the past I have made room for the discomfort of strangers who do not want to date someone with an STI. I am afraid of being that ranting feminist with herpes who seems to think herpes is great. Hah hah, herpes is disgusting and hilarious. What a slutty joke. Feminists these days, am I right? Screw that. At the end of the day, STI stigma is a form of prejudice.
To you it may seem reasonable, a matter of self-preservation. But to us, it is dehumanizing. But in asking me this question, an actual person with herpes, you are shaming and insulting me in the name of needing help deciding. Yeah, you can read that again. If you are not willing to brave the risk of getting herpes, you are not worth my time. If my STI is a deal breaker for you, your ignorance and cowardice is a deal breaker for me. One of the most romantic moments of my life was when an old partner told me that I had so thoroughly de-stigmatized herpes for him that he saw contracting from me as an inevitability he chose, rather than a nightmare I should have panic attacks over and although I continued to have said panic attacks, I never did transmit to him.
A true partner, a true best friend, accepts all of you. They do not barter or keep score, or make a pros and cons list when it comes to asking you on a third date. The question felt like a personal attack, a request to justify my inherent value as a potential sexual partner, and as a person.
The blog post became one of my most popular posts of all time, using views as a metric. You can read it here. You can read it exclusively on my Patreonalong with other essays about intimacy, mental health and relationships. Read a free excerpt here. Hi Ella, Thank you for your vulnerability on here. I truly appreciate it. I had such a horrible experience this week.
InI was told by a doctor in an versus a result ugh that I had been exposed to herpes 2 not verbatim I had it. I was with a long term partner. I recently began dating again after 7 years and did the whole sti panel with this partner.
He and I touched one another naked, made out, with some saliva exchange obvi. I then went on to gain more clarity with a doctor that it means i have it. I was in disbelief and angry. I get it!!!!! I turned that hate at situation inward and got really depressed and luckily have a great social support group and amazing therapist.
He and I have since talked and came to more closure which I am so thankful he was open to. I just may not have gotten the closure and would need to forgive myself for an honest mistake. I have a lot of anger at doctors for not being explicit and towards myself for my ignorance. I get it! The rejection sucks!!!!! I mean obviously your story speaks to it.
When we are kissing? This process is so new to me so any support and guidance is appreciated. Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring me to do the same. I hope this can be healing. Your story has really impacted me for the better and my shame is slowly diminishing. This was a good, interesting and funny read. Ella, So beautifully well written. I have Herpes 2 and am currently dealing with shame around it. Just gotta say fuck it and move on then! I feel you. At a point I stopped divulging my situation until I was sure I could trust my partner with my humiliating reality.
I was always careful, never sex when I get that tingling, had to lie on my menses sooo many times. Someone just broke up with me after 5months of dating. We moved kinda fast but I knew him from my past and thought it was safe to tell him right away. I had already had sex with him when I told him about my condition. He stayed for a few months but eventually left, said he fell in love with me before I told him. I get his position. We just have to be strong and patient. My heart is with you. Risk his life? Oh please! This is the kind of hyperbole we should check them on for the sake of being factual and not allowing ourselves to be demeaned.
Your awesome girl. I really admire you…We need more voices more people to speak about Herpes honestly and openly. Thank you!!!! You are amazing. Do you have any more blogs? Thank you a million times over for being the voice we all have, but feel too stigmatized to use. The world needs more people like you. Thank you! I just met a beautiful, amazing girl that makes me truly happy but she shared she contacted herpes as a kid, HSV Your blog reinforce my decision. Thank you!!!!! This post has really helped me form my decision when it came to dating someone with genital herpes.
My head was spinning when I first told to say the least. My girlfriend opened up to me after a month of dating and copious unprotected sex that she had genital herpes, that she was on suppression medication and that she had not had an outbreak for 3 years. I myself have cold sores and to be perfectly honest I definitely did not know as much as I do now about the disease. I thought it to be very very contagious even when dormant. So, she told me and I freaked out. I was torn because I do love her and I could see myself spending the rest of my life with her but, even the best laid plans go awry.
I would then have to try and find love with an STI which frankly scares a lot of people away. These scenarios are still a possibility but after reading your personal experiences about opening up to potential partners before you slept together has made me feel much better about taking the risk. In the past I thought I would have ran away from someone who were to tell me this, but in reality it did not phase my attraction to her at all what so ever. Yes I did have questions and concerns but I feel we are closer now than ever and are able to talk about anything without criticism or judgment from each other.
I have never experience this type of relationship before and perhaps that is why so many have failed for me in the past. I care about her deeply and hope to continue to grow our relationship much further. Thank you.
But, in reality, it is no big deal. The chances of their having something passed to them from one of these other women is probably better than from me, because I take suppressive drugs and am careful. Good for you for educating yourself! Dawson, Well written think these and I applaud you for tackling this head on.
As a person with HSV1 common cold sore i. Herpes I believe I most likely contracted it from my mother as. I am obsessive about protecting my partners. I would not rule out a partner based on an STI. Your observation about distilling someone down to an infection was spot on.Dating a man with herpes
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