You can only get genital herpes from someone who already has it, can get it during just one sexual encounter, and can get it with or without a condom.
Condoms merely lower your risk, according to the CDC.
Due to this, Peckham said that he has to work harder than ever to secure a romantic relationship.
The stigma of the virus, which exists at the heart of this faulty mindset, is usually worse than the symptoms themselves, as it affects dating, social life and psychological health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of six people in the United States aged 14 to 49 have genital herpes caused by the HSV-2 infection (the herpes simplex virus often responsible for genital herpes).
In terms of a person’s health, genital herpes is usually nothing to worry about.
According to the National Institutes of Health, many people with genital herpes never even have outbreaks or their outbreaks decrease over time (one or two outbreaks a year is not uncommon).
Even after his friends hype him up, Jamin Peckham still backs out sometimes.
It’s not that he’s shy or insecure about his looks.You can even get it if the other person doesn’t have symptoms, since the virus sheds about 10 percent of the time for asymptomatic HSV-2 infections, according to a 2011 study published in the Herpes has a unique stigma among sexually transmitted diseases.HIV/AIDS is stigmatized, but few laugh at people who have it because it’s a serious illness.The virus can lie dormant in your system for years without coming to the surface.The initial outbreak is often the worst, occurring a few days to a couple of weeks after being infected.Instead, what keeps this 27-year-old from approaching the cute girl across the room is a set of hypotheticals that most people don’t deal with.“My mind runs ahead to ‘the disclosure talk’ and then all the way down to, ‘What if we have sex and what if I give it to her?