I held off on sex for as long as I could, but it got more and more difficult.One day, my new beau reassured me, "I'm disease-free, I just got tested.Then, while surfing the Web for information on the latest herpes medication, I stumbled across a web site for people with herpes.There are dozens of web sites that provide online support and information for people with herpes.She had been free of outbreaks for 12 years, and the same might be the case for me, she said.Genital herpes is a contagious viral infection that remains permanently in the nerve cells.
I didn't date for awhile, but inevitably, I met someone.
I was thinking that I'd probably never go on another date, or get a boyfriend for that matter, and I'd certainly never have sex again.
The nurse who examined me revealed that she had herpes and said it was no big deal.
(At the time, many doctors and other health care providers believed this to be the case, although a number of research studies had already suggested otherwise.) So, I decided to keep quiet.
For three years, I had a boyfriend who never knew I had herpes.