Living with Herpes

Finding out you have herpes is a frightening diagnosis for many people, but it’s not the end of the world. Society often puts out the message that people with herpes are dirty or somehow flawed. However, the fact is many people are living with herpes nowadays. There are more than 50 percent of Americans have herpes. Living with herpes isn't always easy, but you can still be able to date, fall in love, and have sex. Herpes is a disease like any other, and millions of people living with herpes have great lives and relationships.

How to tell your partner that you have herpes?

When you finally accept the fact of getting herpes and back to the dating pool, there is still one more question for you to solve: How to tell your partner that you have herpes? Of course, if you are using herpes dating websites to find someone. This won’t bother you. But how about telling your friends, or your family members? And others who are not using dating sites for people with herpes?

  • - Good Knowledge about herpes virus
  • - Be well prepared and stay calm
  • - Time and atmosphere

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How do you Get Herpes?

Most forms of the Herpes Virus are transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. It can easily be passed on to you when you touch the affected skin of the infected person.

  • - Having unprotected vaginal or anal sex
  • - Having oral sex with a person who gets HSV1
  • - Sharing sex toys with a person who gets HSV2
  • - Kissing someone with a cold sore
  • - Touching any area infected with herpes

The skin on your mouth, genitals, and eyes can be infected easily. And other areas of skin may get infected if there’s a way for the herpes virus to get in, like through a cut, rash, burn or other sores. Sex is not the only way to get herpes. For example, , it is possible for a mother to pass genital herpes to a baby during vaginal childbirth.

How to prevent herpes transmission?

  • - Avoid touching any sores you have. If you do, wash your hands with soap.
  • - Avoid sex during the outbreaks.
  • - Avoid getting sunburned if you have HSV1.
  • - Getting tested and knowing your status shows you care about yourself and your partner.
  • - Be aware that herpes is most contagious during an outbreak, but it’s also likely to transmit when no symptoms are present.
  • - Use a male or female condom when you have sex.
  • - A good diet, enough rest and sleep, and effective stress management may help prevent herpes recurrences.