Dating A Woman With Herpes: At times I feel that my life had been ruined by my hsv..but interestingly, I have been on the dating website, OKCupid, and there is a question on the dating portion asking “would you date someone with herpes?” Remarkably, many interesting men responded with a “yes.” I am not the only one that has this, and neither are you. It’s made my life hell, but it’s not the end of the world. I contracted herpes by kissing a boy in college that had it. I was so sick I ended up in the hospital..then the quack doctor that I went to at the college clinic, offered me no information or advice on what it was. I ended up unknowingly infecting other partners. And spreading it all over my body, from lips to vaginal region. I get outbreaks all the time. And discovering anti viral medications was life changing..I have lived with hsv for 20 years.
Single With Herpes: I’m 29 nearly 30 years old and a single mum of a 9 year old. I’m not sure how I’ve contracted herpes. I’ve been in a relationship for nearly 2 years with the same person. We had unprotected sex 2 or 3 times in 18 months. I had a 3 month relationship previously where it was unprotected, he’d had a vasectomy and had told me he was “clean.” I trusted my ex believing he didn’t have an std as I did with my current boyfriend. I’d been tested for STD’s several times and had never tested positive for anything. I barely knew anything about herpes until I was diagnosed about 4 months ago.I already suffered with depression, body dysmorphia disorder and social anxiety and finding out I have herpes has made me feel worse. Initially I felt shocked and undesirable. I still feel undesirable. I’m also struggling not to blame my boy friend but I think that’s due to us already having issues as he’s never let me know where he lives.I’ve had prodome symptoms since being diagnosed and probably 4 mild outbreaks. I think stress is partly triggering the outbreaks.As I already feel ugly and struggle with agoraphobia, the diagnosis has been very difficult for me because I don’t have friends. I’m an orphan and I’m not very close to my 2 siblings.I feel quite depressed. I’m not sure what I’d tell someone whose recently been diagnosed. Maybe some understanding. It’s hard to offer advice when you’re not coping yourself.
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