This is a warm-hearted and exclusive community for singles living with Genital Herpes.
Here you can meet new friends, partners or potential spouses, or learn about Herpes medical information.
All your personal information can be private and anonymous.
Everyone with genital herpes can join us regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
But all the self-acceptance in the world doesn’t erase the fact that a herpes diagnosis creates ripple effects of shame and social isolation, and the fallout is especially pronounced when it comes to your dating life.“It’s good to have the conversation because there is a potential risk of transmission,” Cherrell Triplett, M.
D., an ob/gyn who practices at Southside OBGYN and Franciscan Alliance in Indianapolis, Indiana, tells SELF.
The infection, which is caused by the herpes simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2 viruses and passed via skin-to-skin contact, can show up as a cluster of sores on the mouth area or genitals.
It can also be asymptomatic, so most people with herpes don’t know they have it, which is a large part of the reason why it’s so prevalent.
If in the past you tended to start a new relationship with sex, you now might want to change your approach.It might be better to break the news about herpes to someone who has already grown attached to you.Kissing, cuddling, and fondling are safe, so you don't have to tell before you do that.Now that you know you have genital herpes, you're out of the dating game, right? There's no reason to stop looking for love and fun.Genital herpes doesn't detract from your many desirable qualities, which have drawn people to you in the past and will continue to make you a great catch. The first date after a genital herpes diagnosis may seem a little strange, however.