Marie Claire: How has having a STI affected your dating life? One in every six people between the ages of 14-49 have it, and the majority don't even know (! To help us demystify the experience, we spoke with herpes-positive blogger Ella Dawson, 23, to tell us about what really happens when you date with the STI.The gay community, long having been pinioned by HIV, has done remarkable work in terms of HIV-specific awareness, education, and acceptance. It was difficult to muster up the courage to tell a close friend, but it was worth it. Plus, she has a friend who has it and was able to share some valuable advice about her friend’s experience.
As a gay man who’s courageously found support in coming out both with his sexuality and a recent infection, he’s discovered a gap in education which often gets overlooked.
They know what it is really like to be careful and honest.
But, life isn't easy and sometimes we meet the right person - but they are herpes free.
It's a big decision dating someone with herpes so here's some suggestions to make sure you're doing the right thing.
Your partner has shown a lot of courage to tell you that they have herpes.