Dating With Herpes

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If someone has tested positive for herpes and is concerned about how this will affect a relationship, they should tell their partner and consider going on suppressive therapy. Find out how leading a stress-free life can reduce the risk of breakouts with tips from a psychologist in this free video on relationships and dating advice.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Reka Morvay, I'm a psychologist and I'm going to talk to you about dating with herpes. Now herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that's a viral disease. And according to statistics about twenty-five percent of people in the United States who are sexually active are carriers of the HPV virus. Now if you have herpes, if you've been tested positive, and you are concerned about how this will affect your relationships, you really need to take some precautions to protect your partner against infection with the herpes virus. You can be tested to make sure that you are a carrier, you should definitely tell your partner that you have herpes because they then need to be able to make an informed decision about whether or not they want to take the risk of contracting herpes themselves. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the transmission of herpes including being on suppressive therapy for you. If you lead a stress-free lifestyle you are much less likely to get herpes outbreaks, using a condom also significantly reduces the risk of herpes or of passing herpes virus from yourself to your partner. But in all of this it is very important to consider your partner's needs as well. You should be aware that this is a contagious disease that you can spread to your partner so you should really be honest with your partner and allow them to make an informed choice.


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