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Less than a week later, I found myself in excruciating pain.
It hurt to walk, and I couldn't use soap anywhere near my genital area.
You have nothing to worry about." I appreciated his honesty and knew I had to tell him that he was the one who had something to worry about. I explained that I had herpes, and that was why I was being so cautious.
I told him that to my knowledge I had never spread the virus to anyone else, and that I was very careful.
I had barely finished my first semester of college when I found out I had herpes.
A high school friend and I wound up taking our friendship a little further, and 20 seconds into the act that would change my life forever, he stopped.
My friend said I was too much like a sister, and he couldn't continue. I worried about how that incident would affect our friendship.
Little did I know my worries would extend far beyond that concern.
My selling point, however, was telling him that approximately one in four people has herpes and, statistically speaking, he undoubtedly had slept with someone who had herpes. He thought about that for a minute and then realized he might not know.
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.
He said he would know if he had been with someone who had herpes. In the end, instead of rejecting me, he chose to continue our relationship. But after we had sex, he would always wash himself like a doctor scrubbing down for an operation.
I could hardly blame him, but it wreaked havoc on my self-esteem.