That relationship eventually came to an end, leaving me worried yet again about getting back in the dating game.Then, while surfing the Web for information on the latest herpes medication, I stumbled across a web site for people with herpes.
A high school friend and I wound up taking our friendship a little further, and 20 seconds into the act that would change my life forever, he stopped.
My friend said I was too much like a sister, and he couldn't continue. I worried about how that incident would affect our friendship.
Genital herpes is a contagious viral infection that remains permanently in the nerve cells.
Many people are unaware they have it, because they don't experience symptoms or because they attribute the symptoms to something else. Years later, I've come to the realization that he knew he had herpes, and that is the reason he stopped in the midst of our sexual adventure.
For three years, I had a boyfriend who never knew I had herpes.
Each time I had an outbreak, which for me consisted of a very small cluster of blisters that lasted two or three days, I'd pretend I had a yeast infection and say I couldn't have sex until it was gone.
Little did I know my worries would extend far beyond that concern.
Less than a week later, I found myself in excruciating pain.
Hands down, Match is the most popular, as well as the most established, dating site, having grown to 23.5 million users and counting since their 1995 launch.
I had barely finished my first semester of college when I found out I had herpes.
There are dozens of web sites that provide online support and information for people with herpes.