I have hpv and dating
The worst part of my diagnosis wasn’t the permanence of it, but the loneliness and the self-inflicted stigma. Have you experienced something similar or do you have some feedback to share with this individual?
I don’t want anyone else to feel as badly as I initially did about this.
Naturally, when anyone is first diagnosed with HPV or HSV2, their first thought usually centers around how they contracted the infection, with the second most common thought following shortly thereafter: who is going to want to date me now that I have a long-term infection? I ended up going home with someone just as drunk, and we neglected to use condoms.
While some people will choose to date someone else, there will be people who are interested, because they are looking at more than just your STI status or you as a sexual being. He didn’t tell me he was positive (I think he gave me all three STDs), and I had my first HSV outbreak four days later on a military flight headed to the Middle East.
When it comes to anything sex/dating related, I am an unrelenting advocate for informed consent.
In addition to my emotional baggage, I’m also now healing from the genital warts that I picked up from my rebound one-night stand.
It wasn’t a bad outbreak and I’ve been treated, but now I’m wondering what this means for my dating life.
Q: I read your last column on herpes and appreciated your perspective.
I’m recently starting to date again after a long relationship and a relatively bad break-up.