Dating Someone With Herpes
When your dating partner tells you that he/she has been tested positive for herpes, it is a very courageous acknowledgement on his or her part. If you have decided that the relationship is important to you, you can continue dating him/her safely and offer support to your partner. Offer encouragement and positive support to your partner for being bold enough to admit it to you. You can also find out more about the virus and ways of dealing with it, with medication and other means, to reduce the intensity or the frequency of outbreaks.
Get Both You and Your Partner Tested
The first thing the uninfected partner must do is to get tested and find out whether he or she has also got the infection from the partner. There are many cases when a person gets Herpes and is not even aware of it, as the infection might exist in your body without symptoms. If you are also tested positive, there is no harm in continuing the relationship, as you cannot pass it on to someone who already has the infection.
Protect You or Your Partner from Infecting
Learn about the infection and ways of having safe sex with your partner in case you don’t have the infection. Herpes is contagious and if you don’t care much for the person, it is better to break off the relationship. However, if you really care about your partner, love can be more powerful than a skin condition. Before having sex, see that the infected partner goes on medication, such as acyclovir and Valtrex, as these can reduce risks of transmission. This is a suppressive medication and the infected person can take it daily in order to reduce the intensity and frequency of outbreaks as well.
Avoid any Kind of Sexual Contact During an Outbreak
It is also important to avoid any kind of sexual contact during an outbreak, before and after the outbreak, that is, the entire cycle of the outbreak. When dating a partner with Herpes, it is also suggested that you encourage your partner to let you know when he or she feels that something is coming on. The correct use of a condom can also prevent transmission, if you cover the affected area properly. The skin must not come in contact with an unprotected outbreak. It is important to stay alert to the warning symptoms that occur before an outbreak, such as itchiness or tingling sensation. You must also remember that a person with herpes can also pass on the infection without having any symptoms or during a period when there is no outbreak. The virus might be passed even if the skin of the partner looks perfectly normal. On the other hand, there are many infected people who have never given the infection to their sexual partners.