Disclaimer: Although both women interviewed for this feature agreed the stigma surrounding herpes should be broken down, both requested to be quoted as anonymous sources as they feared for the repercussions of speaking publicly about their infections.
According to data collected as part of the 2009 to 2011 Canadian Health Measures Survey, 13.6 per cent — or one in seven — Canadians aged 14 to 59 have antibodies against HSV-2.
“The idea that people who have active genital herpes infections acquired it either through promiscuous sexual behaviour is completely false.” Melanie, whose name has also been changed to protect her privacy, said her ex-boyfriend told her soon after they started dating that he had herpes.
is first recommended for its largest database and privacy settings among STD dating sites in the world. Positive Singles have desktop websites, mobile version for mobile device and IOS app and Android app. The site offers both free membership as well as premium membership, with the former having limited features and the latter offering some additional features. This group is for adults with herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2) and HPV in the Inland Empire, Eastern Washington (Spokane), Northern Idaho(Coeur d'Alene or Moscow), Western Montana, Northeastern Oregon, Southeastern BC area.
It is a place to meet new people for friendship, dating or romance, mutual support and for help with handling HSV & HPV.
Only in extremely rare cases can the virus result in serious infections.
Still, herpes has a social stigma attached to it that for many sufferers is worse than the actual infection.
Being diagnosed with herpes is often seen as a means of being ostracized from the society.