Safely dating someone with herpes

Around two-thirds of people worldwide under age 50 have herpes simplex 1, according to the World Health Organization, and around one in every six Americans between ages 14 and 49 has genital herpes, usually caused by herpes simplex 2, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I understand that the chances of having picked up the infection from her over these 2 enounters is very small, and I also get it that if I choose to date her and have regular sex with her (which is a given if I do date her), then I'll have about 5-15% risk of getting it. You don't have to like my line of thinking, but its pragmatic :), and adding HSV2 positive status to my list of limiting constraints would make future dating pool only smaller for me.Herpes is contagious and if you don’t care much for the person, it is better to break off the relationship.However, if you really care about your partner, love can be more powerful than a skin condition.Offer encouragement and positive support to your partner for being bold enough to admit it to you.You can also find out more about the virus and ways of dealing with it, with medication and other means, to reduce the intensity or the frequency of outbreaks.I accept that I'm flawed, imperfect, selfish etc., but I'm self-aware enough to know it when my selfishness is likely to manifest as meanness to another person.I'd like to limit the damage I cause to others... As a male, if you do nothing but avoid sex anytime she has obvious genital symptoms, you are 96% likely each year NOT to contract hsv2 from her.

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