‘We ran a survey of our members asking how many potential partners they had talked to about this – and how often they were rejected.
There was an 83% acceptance rate for both men and women, meaning that fewer than 1 in 5 partners wanted to discontinue the relationship.’ However, the risk of transmitting the disease is always present.
According to the World Health Organisation, two out of three people under the age of 50 are infected. This sounds genuinely scary, but what’s it like if you know you have herpes but you still want to date and find love? The 35-year-old manages a blog called Life With Herpes and is also the spokesperson for MPWH (Meet People With Herpes), the world’s biggest online dating community for people living with the diagnosis.
‘After my diagnosis, I stayed in a relationship for much longer than I should have because I was too scared to go out and date.The fear of telling someone or the rejection was so strong.Once I got over that hurdle, then I was ready to begin dating.‘If it was someone I wanted to have a serious relationship with then I waited until I knew we were both on the same page.Sometimes it would be three-to-four months before disclosing.