Dating someone with herpes
It has never been my desire to be in a relationship like this.
I have many reasons for engaging in this kind of relationship (a very long story) but believe me, it's not my long term choice.
According to Dating With (DWH.org) about 45-60 million Americans have genital herpes. According to DWH.org: HSV1 has become the cause of about 30 per cent of new genital herpes infections -- usually spread via oral sex.
I wish it weren't true, but I have contracted the virus for genital herpes.
And, one of the greatest dichotomies is that the VERY thing, for me, that demonstrates my true love for a man is to have an intimate sexual relationship with him.
Since many people engage in oral sex without the use of condoms or dental dams, getting genital herpes from oral sex is increasingly common.
And the not-so-"funny" thing is, it's more common to be thought of as "dirty" or "damaged goods" if you have HSV2, yet no one seems to mind if it's "just a cold sore."HSV1 and HSV2 are essentially the same virus -- it's just a matter of where they present on the body.
To address your question about not wanting to pass this painful virus onto someone else, I completely understand.