Dating with a sexually transmitted infection, or STI, can be difficult.But it also might be getting easier as the stigma slowly ebbs, experts say.(The CDC reports that the terms STD and STI are often used interchangeably but that, medically, infections are only called diseases when they cause symptoms.
One of the most difficult things I had to do was call former boyfriends I may have exposed (think it was dormant in my system for quite sometime, I honestly did not know). I think all the readers should take a second to put themselves in your shoes for a moment. That’s 50 MILLION people, a majority of whom don’t even know they’re infected.After finding out from the doctor at the hospital who flipped me over, lacerated the bumps and bottled the liquids for analysis, I immediately texted said boy and told him to get checked out, because I had some type of herpes.He promptly told me this was the worst news he had ever heard, and we broke up two short weeks later.In the summer of 2011, I was dating a very nice, clean-cut boy on leave from the military who performed oral sex on me, resulting in a few herpes bumps a week later.I don’t remember seeing anything on his face that day.Please note that we may need to contact you, so please make sure that you provide us with an e-mail address.