Dating a woman with herpes
This strategy may have more disadvantages than advantages.
Inaccurate and stigmatising articles and advertising have contributed to many of us having a lot of negative beliefs related to herpes that make it difficult to convince ourselves that others would want to be with us.A group of men and women of all ages have revealed what it is really like to live with herpes, in the hopes of showing others who have been diagnosed with the common sexually transmitted disease that they are not alone - nor are their lives over.Jenelle Marie Davis, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an STD expert, and founder of The STD Project, a movement to eradicate the stigma surrounding sexually transmitted diseases.'Sex requires a conversation first now, but I think that’s dramatically improved my sex life and the type of relationships I have,' 23-year-old Ella said, while Christine, 44, said she is 'more stringent' on who she has sex with without protection.Honest and open: Lance (left), 41, said he is an 'even better person' now that he has been diagnosed, while Anja (right), 51, admitted that she didn't date 'outside of the herpes community' for three years'Even though he didn’t break up with me, it became a card he could play every time we had an argument.It’s much harder to tell someone if they just found out they’re infected with herpes.
For most people, the anxiety over not telling your partner you have herpes is worse than the telling itself.
If you're HSV , I want you to know that you're wonderful just the way you are.
Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.' Jenelle found people who wanted to help her raise awareness and banish all stigma for the disease through the the herpes activists network she runs and private support groups, as well as people who have reached out to her to thank her while looking to give back to others in similar situations.
That's someone you care about,' the 33-year-old from told Daily Mail Online.
Sharing their stories: Jenelle Marie Davis (left), 33, has interviewed 12 men and women who are living with herpes, including 41-year-old Veronnica (right), in the hopes of eradicating stigma surrounding the disease Positive changes: After they were diagnosed with the sexually transmitted disease, both Sarit (left), 26, and Lucas, 46, (right) realized that they shouldn't feel like less of a person because they have herpes Jenelle, who candidly speaks about her own diagnosis at 16-years-old, wants others to know that the people she has spoken with for the project come from a variety of professions and can easily be someone you know.
It is a common assumption to initially think that a person may base their judgement of you on the fact you have genital herpes. People fear the possibility of rejection but the reality of this is that it rarely happens.