Dating for people with cold sores
I’ve had some partners flat-out reject me in anger, others ghost, and a couple have spilled intimate secrets in response to my vulnerability.I’ve received incredulous laughter, ignorance, hate, hugs, high-fives. In this herpes journey of mine, I’ve tripped and fallen not-so-gracefully and taken the wrong turn.
It’s hard, but you have to learn that not everyone will be open enough to hearing your story, but that shouldn’t deter you from being vulnerable and having a normal sex life.
Vulnerability is incredibly difficult — especially when the very thing you are exposing is something that brings up feelings of shame and self-hatred.
When I first contracted herpes, I was devastated and ashamed.
Many people either don’t have a visible sore, or do not know they have herpes, and then pass it on to their partner(s).
But for some, the stigma around herpes can be worse than any of the actual symptoms.