Whoever wrote this headline is completely ignorant. Perhaps whoever wrote this headline (after looking in the mirror one day and saying ewww to yourself), you need to imagine 4 of your closest female friends. Now you need to realize that ONE OF THEM probably has herpes. Are you going to stop respecting her and loving her, basically thinking of her as “dirty” now? So , I’d keep my mouth shut if I were you, because those of us who are infected are SICK of hearing all the jokes, and nasty comments. the only reason i take the valtrex is to protect my partner… I am always honest, and have never had anyone turn me down or be rude to me because of it…Instead of judging those who have herpes, we could get EDUCATED about it. the most common response i have gotten since dating after being diagnosed is “well, its not your fault, there was nothing you could have done differently, i would never leave you for something as dumb as that.” so for all you rude people out there, believe me, you can easily get it.

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It’s been over 20 years I have not dated…yup very lonely and sad…Honestly, I don’t know how to tell and don’t want to see that look on his face when I say btw I have herpes…

Honestly I am tired of all of the negative stigma attatched to Herpes and HPV as well. about 1 in every 5 people have it or have (or had) some kind of STD. Life goes on, but people who are ignorant about it, make people feel that they’re not worth shit when they try to live a “normal” life.

It is no more disgusting than being a critical piece of sh#t with the arrogant insinuation that your lips could never suffer the same…. She still looks hot, and 99.99% of men who fantasize about her will never even get to meet her, and they can still jack off to her pictures w/o fear of contracting anything. He too is from hollywood (television industry, not film). i have no problem dating people mature enough to know/ understand that its really not a big deal! i hate that people think its so gross, its really not! Everyone is right about the stigma…i used to think it was gross too!

The story, though highly judgmental and poorly informed, does underline the importance of using protection when engaging in sexual activity. I can honestly say, I have genital herpes, and you should be ashamed of yourself for judging people who have it, especially since none of us ASKED to be infected, but instead were either victims of people who didn’t have the decency to inform us, or by partners who didn’t even know themselves. 99% of the time i forget i have it because everyone is right, it IS symptomless! i used to watch the valtrex commercials and snicker and poke fun at them… its not the end of life…life is what you make of it.

I would have rather gotten away with herpes than HPV because I now have complications with cervical cancer. Put it this way, the one you turn away because they may/may not have herpes, will be the reason why the next person u try to get involved with will be the one to burn you.

As for the other people on this forum who have herpes, consider yourselves extremely lucky. =) do some research before you start rambling on about a disease that is just as common as the common cold… like someone gave it to me but its hard to meet someone that you like and may want to hang out with or whatever.

Ill admit, I was partying a lot and slept with the wrong man. Yeah, herpes sucks, you get stressed out or sick and then you get even more sick when the virus comes out, but if anything, having it has taught me so many life lessons.

It has taught me not just to date anyone and be more careful with my body, who my friends are (I told of couple of my friends when I found out and some of them though it would be fun to tell everyone else, so I said goodbye to them and my real friends still loved me all the same) and it has taught me that any man that truly wants to be with you will say “I love you for everything you are” not “i love your body, but its too bad your diseased.” My sex life did not end, I have had a couple of partners and all of them were told before anything happened and they all said it doesnt matter, and none of them was given the “gift that keeps on giving.” My current boyfriend, soon to be husband, tells me everytime I get sick that he doesnt care if he gets it or not, he just wants to be with me. So no, herpes didnt destroy my life, it made me stronger and wiser.

It isn’t that transfferable if your careful…and I think most people know and accept that pretty well. If it’s true she has it, it only adds to her beauty as strength is an attractive quality.

I came across this by accident and I am so glad I did…I want to thank all of you for your supportive comments…I feel so much better after reading everyone comment…

I wish someone could get the balls to talk about it publicly and not one of thoese silly commercials. When I was in high school I use to make fun of the Valtrex commercials, you know, they use to show people doing all this adventurous or exciting things like horseback riding, mountain climbing, canoeing, bike riding, whatever.