Many people are unaware they have it, because they don't experience symptoms or because they attribute the symptoms to something else. Years later, I've come to the realization that he knew he had herpes, and that is the reason he stopped in the midst of our sexual adventure.During an outbreak, blisters or sores appear on or around the genital area. The nurse taught me how to manage the virus, but managing my personal life was another story. Our friendship, unfortunately, ended as quickly as the act.She had been free of outbreaks for 12 years, and the same might be the case for me, she said.Genital herpes is a contagious viral infection that remains permanently in the nerve cells.I was thinking that I'd probably never go on another date, or get a boyfriend for that matter, and I'd certainly never have sex again.The nurse who examined me revealed that she had herpes and said it was no big deal.
That relationship eventually came to an end, leaving me worried yet again about getting back in the dating game.
I met dozens of electronic pen pals and eventually went on several dates.
It was a relief not to worry about when to bring up my medical history, and to bond with a guy over asymptomatic shedding instead of having to explain it.
Then, while surfing the Web for information on the latest herpes medication, I stumbled across a web site for people with herpes.
There are dozens of web sites that provide online support and information for people with herpes.