Those of us who use Famvir, Acyclovir or Valtrex, which we often purchase through online pharmacies, can thankfully meet others with Herpes discreetly through online dating sites for people with the condition. H Mates is a Herpes dating site designed for people with Herpes, to help match people with those who have the condition or who are accepting of people with Herpes.
Match is a free dating service that helps individuals with Herpes, HIV/AIDS, HPV, and hepatitis, or any combination of them.
To delve a little deeper into specific sites, is an ideal place to start.
The site is a completely free online dating community dedicated specifically to people suffering from herpes and HPV (the Human Papillomavirus).
Discovering you have contracted an incurable STI can be very difficult to come to terms with, not only are there health issues to deal with, but very often there are trust and betrayal issues to surmount as well.
Then, there's the most difficult issue of all, the grim social stigma associated with having Herpes, which can lead to people keeping it a secret, denying it, avoiding relationships, suffering depression and even believing that they can no longer live a normal life.
In this new era of rampant STIs a new dating code is emerging to complicate the already muddy waters of relationship-etiquette, from asking about previous partners to insisting on sexual health checks before embarking on a sexual relationship and, for the millions affected by the Herpes virus, deciding when to drop the H Bomb!
Having 'the talk', informing your prospective sexual partners about your HSV status, explaining about the Herpes Virus, the risks involved and the necessary precautions can mean the end of a potential relationship - it can be the moment when you literally 'Bomb out!
'With eight in ten Australians affected by HSV 1 - oral cold sores and two in ten affected by HSV 2 - genital herpes, dropping the H Bomb is becoming a more common occurrence.
One of the most significant, and perhaps under discussed, is the sense of isolation in the dating world.
Yet, the very prevalence of the disease points toward a vast community of people who are living with herpes.
Choosing the 'right' moment can be difficult at best, obviously it is better to discuss this before you become intimate, but broaching the subject too soon can also cause difficulties.