Herpes dating network
Telling a date you have a sexually transmitted disease is no easy task. Is it a conversation you should have on the first date? If you’ve tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease, you’re not alone.
Many daters with sensitive health conditions have a tough time deciding when to disclose that information. According the the CDC, one out of every six Americans (ages 14 to 49) have genital herpes.
One of the most common misconceptions about herpes is that it is rare.
The reality is that herpes is incredibly common, with anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of all Americans carrying at least one strand of the virus.
Although having sex with multiple partners will increase your chances to exposure, any sexually active person can contract herpes.
During an active outbreak, however, the chances of transmitting herpes during unprotected sex may be as high as 75 percent.
Using a condom will significantly reduce those chances (to about eight percent), but because herpes is transmitted via skin-to-skin contact, and condoms leave parts of the genital region exposed, it is still possible to contract the virus while using a condom.
Similarly, it is not clear whether knowledge of a herpes diagnosis improves the health of people taking the tests, as stress has been known to be a trigger for outbreaks.
Approximately 85 to 90 percent of those infected with HSV-2 exhibit little to no symptoms, which is why as many as 90 percent of those infected with the virus have no clue they are carrying it, according to the American Sexual Health Association.