Dating With HPV

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HPV, also known as the human papilloma virus, is the virus responsible for causing genital herpes, and it's important for anyone with this virus to be honest with their partner. Learn about suppressive medications that can decrease the chances of a herpes breakout with tips from a psychologist in this free video on relationships and dating advice.

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Hi my name is Reka Morvay, I'm a psychologist and I'm going to talk to you today about dating with HPV. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus which is the virus responsible for causing genital herpes. Which is a sexually transmitted disease that you can pass from one person to another through sexual activity. If you have HPV, if you have been tested positive, then you really need to think about how this will affect your dating relationships. It is understandable if you now feel more self conscious about dating and about how to tell your partner. The best advice I can give you is to be honest and upfront with your partner so that they are informed and they can make an informative decision about whether or not they want to engage in sexual activity. Always try to tell your partner before sexual activity has occurred so that they can make a decision before hand. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of transmitting HPV to your partner and some of these techniques include leading a stress free lifestyle. Because we know that stressful situations can increase the chances of a herpes breakout and once you have an active herpes episode you are much more likely to transmit the virus then if you are symptom free at the moment. You can go on some medications, some suppressive medications that also decrease the chances of breakout, there are also herbal remedies that you can use. Of course using a condom to protect yourself during sexual intercourse also greatly reduces the risk of passing the virus to your partner. Above all stay informed about your own condition, keep yourself well treated and be honest with your partner.

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