Liz Crokin, an entertainment reporter is suing her ex-boyfriend for allegedly giving her a life-threatening STD.
Crokin filed a lawsuit against Orange County businessman Mallory Hill for allegedly infecting her with a rare form of Herpes during their relationship.
The lawsuit alleges the LA-based reporter contracted herpes-meningitis, which eventually progressed to meningoencephalitis, from ex-boyfriend Hill.
Her reasoning to go public:
Going public with my story has been really hard and it’s not a decision I entered into lightly, but I’ve gotten so much love and support, so that’s been nice. I love the fact that women who might potentially date Mallory and subject themselves to the same hell I’ve endured can can Google him and spare themselves. I also love that going public with this will educate people about the dangers of STDs and especially herpes, and also reduce some of the shame people associate with STDs.
I appreciate the fact that Liz is making an effort to draw attention to STDs, but I would also like to point out there is a HUGE difference between what she went through and the common form of herpes.
While there should be a certain amount of caution and mild-fear of contracting and/or transmitting herpes – the common forms of Herpes 1 and Herpes 2 are certainly NOT life threatening. Life altering? Yes! Threatening? NO!
Anyone who is single and dating or anyone who is in a relationship with someone they feel they can’t trust should undergo regular STD testing.
I have always encouraged people to get tested when entering a new relationship – BOTH people. At least you will have some idea of what is truly being brought into the relationship.
So many people have no idea they have herpes and committing to practicing safe relationships with proper testing is the wisest move you can make.
Without proper testing, you can’t be sure where the STD came from or when.