Then, while surfing the Web for information on the latest herpes medication, I stumbled across a web site for people with herpes.There are dozens of web sites that provide online support and information for people with herpes.She had been free of outbreaks for 12 years, and the same might be the case for me, she said.Genital herpes is a contagious viral infection that remains permanently in the nerve cells.I was still uncomfortable about bringing up the subject, but now I didn't have much of a choice.I didn't date for awhile, but inevitably, I met someone.I held off on sex for as long as I could, but it got more and more difficult.One day, my new beau reassured me, "I'm disease-free, I just got tested.
During an outbreak, blisters or sores appear on or around the genital area. The nurse taught me how to manage the virus, but managing my personal life was another story. Our friendship, unfortunately, ended as quickly as the act.
I knew enough about sexually transmitted diseases to know that I had herpes, but I didn't know exactly what to do.
As I sat in the college health center waiting to see a doctor, I watched my very short-lived social life drift by.
Many feature chat rooms, bulletin boards, treatment information, personal ads, and social groups around the world.
A friend of mine had recently married a guy she met on the Web -- proving that not every Internet date is a psycho -- so I gave it a try.
Each time I had an outbreak, which for me consisted of a very small cluster of blisters that lasted two or three days, I'd pretend I had a yeast infection and say I couldn't have sex until it was gone.