Dating service people with herpes
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.