Yes, I have herpes and because of those people that judge us I have been hiding and making excuses not to date cuz I am afraid to tell men.
I would have rather gotten away with herpes than HPV because I now have complications with cervical cancer. Put it this way, the one you turn away because they may/may not have herpes, will be the reason why the next person u try to get involved with will be the one to burn you.
As for the other people on this forum who have herpes, consider yourselves extremely lucky. =) do some research before you start rambling on about a disease that is just as common as the common cold… like someone gave it to me but its hard to meet someone that you like and may want to hang out with or whatever.
It is no more disgusting than being a critical piece of sh#t with the arrogant insinuation that your lips could never suffer the same…. She still looks hot, and 99.99% of men who fantasize about her will never even get to meet her, and they can still jack off to her pictures w/o fear of contracting anything. He too is from hollywood (television industry, not film). i have no problem dating people mature enough to know/ understand that its really not a big deal! i hate that people think its so gross, its really not! Everyone is right about the stigma…i used to think it was gross too!
The story, though highly judgmental and poorly informed, does underline the importance of using protection when engaging in sexual activity. I can honestly say, I have genital herpes, and you should be ashamed of yourself for judging people who have it, especially since none of us ASKED to be infected, but instead were either victims of people who didn’t have the decency to inform us, or by partners who didn’t even know themselves. 99% of the time i forget i have it because everyone is right, it IS symptomless! i used to watch the valtrex commercials and snicker and poke fun at them… its not the end of life…life is what you make of it.
I, too, thought it was gross, and then surprise, I got it.