Dating service people with herpes


07-Oct-2020 16:15

Stigma is what keeps people from chatting about herpes the way they discuss allergies—we associate genital herpes with liars, cheaters, and the rampantly promiscuous.

Despite being a sex-positive writer and activist, I wondered if this was some karmic punishment for my values and the way that I had lived my life.

the statistics on how common genital herpes is, the math didn’t add up: If one in six people had it, how was I the only person I knew to do the ultimate walk of shame from the student health center clutching a stack of STD pamphlets?

And after texting for two months about how much we wanted to see each other—and have sex with each other—he and I were finally standing side by side.I tried to convince myself I was having some sort of allergic reaction to a new pair of underwear, but Google-searching my symptoms pointed in one, very specific direction: an STD.