According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans is affected with the Herpes Simplex Virus, with about 80 percent unaware that they’ve been infected. While STDs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis are curable, researchers haven’t been able to find a way to combat HSV.
While the stigma attached to HIV / AIDS is a lot bigger, people with herpes are subject to a lot of criticism as well. Renowned medical expert Dr. Debra Taylor said, “People have to open up about it. A lot of people that I meet are shocked that they’re infected with HSV. In fact, it is unfortunate to see that people pay absolutely no attention to symptoms of herpes and often engage in sex with strangers without taking any precautions.”
Herpes is an asymptomatic infection. This means the virus shows no characteristic symptoms in most cases. It has also been observed that people tend to transmit the virus unknowingly to their partners. “They have no intention of giving a sexually transmitted infection to another person but due to lack of knowledge and understanding of herpes, they end up transmitting it”, Dr. Taylor said.
Twenty–two–year–old Ella Dawson is a motivational speaker who has successfully overcome the stigma attached to herpes. She has also published an essay in the popular magazine Women’s Health – “Why I Love Telling People I Have Genital Herpes”.
Dr. Debra Taylor said, “It is essential that you talk about herpes with people that aren’t affected by the infection. People with herpes should consider this as their responsibility. You need to talk to them about the dangers of having unprotected intercourse with multiple partners. You’d also have to tell them about the symptoms that they need to watch out for in another person before they engage in any act of sex. Remember, once you’re infected with herpes, you cannot get rid of it.”
Today, people with herpes have a lot of options when it comes to finding a compatible match. Instead of heading over to a party and ending up having sex with a stranger, you could explore herpes dating sites and connect with like-minded people who would not only motivate you to get over the stigma attached to herpes but also give you the courage to find a life partner.
In case you’re afraid of having ‘the talk’, it is advised you opt for a specialist herpes dating site as it would make things a lot easier. The fact that every person that is a member of herpes dating sites is infected with HSV ensures there is something in common and wouldn’t make the conversations awkward. In addition to this, your STD status wouldn’t be a reason for rejection.
Herpes is a very common sexually transmitted disease, effective about 20 percent of the population in the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Lack of knowledge is regarded as one of the biggest causes of the unprecedented increase in the number of herpes infections. Once people begin to become open about their infection, they’d no longer have to be worried about being judged by others.