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I like to mention that 20-25% of the population has it as well, so they may have already been with someone who has herpes.

I Like To Mention That 20-25% Of The Population Has It As Well, So They May Have Already Been With Someone Who Has Herpes.

After making out, but before sexual activity, I just stop, make eye contact, and say “Hey. I have a card, and I’m just gonna lay it on the table. I have herpes. Passing it on to you is not very likely because I’m on medication for it and we would use a condom.” I also have a few statistics about transmission rates memorized in case they have questions.

If we’re having a discussion about it and not just a quick by-the-by, I also like to mention that 20-25% of the population has it as well, so they may have already been with someone who has herpes.

It really helped me to practice in the mirror before actually telling someone. If it’s not a big deal to you, it won’t seem so bad to them. Everyone so far has appreciated my honesty about the issue, and no one has rejected me for it.

 

Comment originally published on the Honeycomb Herpes Support forums.

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