), my question is, how can I possibly put anyone that I love and care about in this position?
How can I risk the health and wellbeing of someone that I love? I can only imagine the pain (both physical and emotional), the worry about your sex life being over, the anger (at him and at you) for allowing this to happen, and the stress of symptoms that just won't go away.
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To address your question about not wanting to pass this painful virus onto someone else, I completely understand.
However, I also feel that the pertinent thing to keep in mind here is that the symptoms you are having are not "normal" (without trying to make you feel "abnormal").
How can I do to someone what someone else has done to me? All I wish is that there is something you can say, that can give me a glimmer of hope for the future. My heart goes out to you with every ounce of love, compassion and caring that I have. And this statistic only includes the people who are aware that they have the virus. Just because you have herpes does not mean you are "dirty" or "damaged goods." As you may already know the Herpes virus comes in two different strains HSV1 (oral) and HSV2 (genital).
None seem to be anywhere as severe as you've described and for that reason, Todd suggested that you may want to consider seeing a specialist: an immunologist.
There is nothing worse than to live a life of solitude when you have an STD like Herpes.
It is believed that happier people find it easier to cope up with STDs.
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.