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In fact, in a recent Bustle Trends Group survey of 226 women ages 18 to 34, one participant said, “It’s hard to admit to having had an STI, there’s so many gross assumptions about promiscuity and uncleanliness.” As another respondent put it, “Women are seen as less sexual beings in society which keeps us from being able to talk about issues without some form of shaming from others.” Sadly, the more women with herpes feel shamed, the more the cycle of stigmatizing the STI continues, and the harder it may be to tell a sexual partner you have herpes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one out of every six people 14-to-49 years old in the U. have genital herpes, also known as herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
In one case in particular, that heartfelt moment and mutual respect even boosted the connection we felt toward each other.” So what does the conversation actually look like?
From what they say to how new partners react, here’s how Laureen and 22 other women tell a sexual partner they have genital herpes.
“My typical disclosure sounds something like this: ‘I have a skin condition that causes flare-ups from time-to-time.
This skin condition is herpes, and it’s pretty manageable, most of all when I’m on suppressive therapy. ’ From past experiences, I have noticed that what I say is as important as how I say it.
I make sure that my body language — posture, tone of voice, eye contact — are all conveying how I feel about having herpes: There’s nothing shameful about it!
(However, you can get either strain of the virus on other parts of your body.) You can have either type without exhibiting any symptoms, yet still pass it on to other people via genital secretions or skin to skin contact, which makes herpes a prevalent STI.I always remind myself (and my You Tube and Instagram viewers) that despite having a status to disclose, dating shouldn’t become about being accepted or rejected: It’s still about meeting new faces, connecting with people, and having fun!”“I’ve had the herpes virus for about 15 months now.Sometimes, it makes them uncomfortable and they choose not to engage in sexual intimacy, and that’s their choice.It’s hard, but you have to learn that not everyone will be open enough to hearing your story, but that shouldn’t deter you from being vulnerable and having a normal sex life.