Many people who discover they have genital herpes feel as if their love lives are over! Rest assured, it does not have to be!
Herpes is just something people *have* and is certainly not who they *are* as a person. The stigma associated with Oral Herpes is nowhere near that of Genital Herpes, and yet the symptoms are the same, the only difference is “site of preference!” Statistics show that between 50 and 80%
of adults have Oral Herpes commonly called “cold sores” or “fever blisters.” How many times do you see those with cold sores giving up on relationships?
Genital Herpes is not the end of love, sex, or the world!
Relationships are essential to people. We all enjoy the connection and comfort we feel in the company of others, especially a romantic partner. It’s a basic human need we all have. And having a virus does not eliminate this need, nor should it eliminate this important element in our lives.
Once you’ve come to terms with the infection and learned to manage both the physical and the emotional aspects, you may be thinking about getting back into a relationship. This can be a challenging and vulnerable time, as you open your heart to another person and face the inevitable “talk”
This is a time to be true to who you are, continue to maintain your self-esteem and stay on track with your health and practices. There are many thousands of people and couples who’ve dealt with this very situation successfully.
Over time, we will share personal stories and experiences of people in this very situation. You will read stories of couples where one has herpes and the other does not. You will read stories of women having children naturally while having herpes. You will read of trust, compassion, intimacy and loyalty – and to offer the counter side of that coin, you will read of those who have tried and failed in hopes of learning and not repeating the mistakes others have made.
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