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Statistics show that between 50 and 80% of adults have Oral Herpes (aka “cold sores” or “fever blisters”), and we don’t see them giving up on relationships!
Genital Herpes is not the end of love, sex, or the world!
If the partner with Herpes is aware of their prodrome signs, and if they use barrier protection, there is a better chance that the uninfected partner will remain that way. and with it there may be feelings of anger, fear, betrayal.
If your committed partner gave you Herpes, it’s essential that you talk openly about it. Sometimes, people withhold their Genital HSV status for various reasons – embarrassment, fear of rejection, ignorance. Or if they do know, they may not know the signs of impending outbreak, or they may mistakenly believe that they cannot transmit it when there are no symptoms.
She prescribed me Valtrex, an antiviral treatment that I take every day to suppress outbreaks, and sent me on my shell-shocked way.