Updated: Jan 29
There’s an entire lot of stigma around sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and herpes is one among the more stigmatized.
This stigma often comes from not-actually-funny jokes in TV shows and films that suggest herpes may be a terrifying diagnosis, something you actually don’t want to urge .
Fear and confusion about herpes also stems from misinformation and general lack of data .
Things to keep in mind
If you’ve absorbed any of this negativity and have just received a diagnosis yourself, you would possibly be feeling all types of emotions: anger, shame, numbness, even depression.
I had a couple of bleak moments during my first outbreak — mostly grim thoughts about my future dating prospects.
A herpes genitalis diagnosis can feel life-altering. And in some ways, it is.<