St. Valentine’s Day is approaching, and we all want to be with our lovers on that day. Unfortunately, it’s rather difficult for those who are suffering from nasty herpes outbreaks.
So what are the Valentine’s Day options for people with herpes?
– Sit at home and cry in front of TV (doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, huh?)
– Spend an evening with friends complaining about herpes and how you will never find love (buzz kill!)
– Or maybe you could go out, have some fun, and even meet “The One”?
So you can either choose to be miserable, or pull yourself together and go have a great time. Which option do you like better?
Here are some tips that may help you have a good time on St. Valentine’s Day:
– If you don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend and your friends can’t set you up with anyone then you can try dating sites. There is nothing embarrassing about it! It’s 2016, people buy groceries online now, so what’s wrong with looking for love on the Internet?
– Be confident. Keep calm and try to stay healthy in order to prevent unpleasant herpes outbreak. Do not overdo it. Don’t let your body and your mind to be exposed to additional stress which may cause an unpleasant outbreak.
– If you have oral or genital herpes, don’t be ashamed of it. It’s just a virus, it doesn’t have to make you feel like damaged goods.
Herpes is so common nowadays that there is a chance that your potential date has it, too. But it doesn’t mean that you have to talk about it on your first date – of course, if you are planning to have sex then you should definitely discuss it! If you choose to share with your date that you have herpes make sure you explain what HSV really is. Here are some facts worth mentioning:
– Herpes is very common, every fifth person has it.
– No, there is no herpes cure.
– No, if one person has herpes, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he will pass it to his partner during sexual intercourse (although it is possible). Herpes is usually transmitted when outbreaks or symptoms are present (but don’t forget about asymptomatic shedding).
– Condoms prevent the virus from spreading, but they are not 100% effective (you can still pass herpes to your partner even if you are using condoms during sex).
What if your date freaks out when he or she learns that you have herpes?
Well, you know the old saying: “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best”. So if your date acts like a jerk after finding out about your condition then it’s their problem and not yours. They are just going to miss out on getting to know a fun, attractive and smart person because of some stupid stereotypes. But don’t worry, most people are going to react normally.
We hope that you and your herpes will find a perfect date not just for this Valentine’s Day, but for many years ahead.