Then, there's the most difficult issue of all, the grim social stigma associated with having Herpes, which can lead to people keeping it a secret, denying it, avoiding relationships, suffering depression and even believing that they can no longer live a normal life.
Jared: For a long time I believed that I would never date again, I mean, how could I ever tell anyone about this, and how could I ever have a relationship and not tell?
Garth: I was a wreck until I found an internet support group.
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Fear of rejection lead many to avoid social situations and to dread being 'fixed up' by friends.
Vic: It got to the point where it was embarrassing, my mates were out there still enjoying the singles scene and I could no longer get into that.
I know it took a lot of courage for her to tell me and I respect her tremendously for that.
Gayle: I tried to tell him calmly but there were a few tears spilled as I tried to get the story out.
I met a guy who changed my attitude completely, he told me that I could be denying someone the opportunity of loving me and I should never do that.
Everyone deserves the chance to love whom they choose, no matter what. I love women, their skin, their smiles, the way they laugh, I just love being around them.
I could party on with them but I would never take a girl home with me, they all started to think I'd turned gay!
Angie: When I began dating again I only wanted to date fellow Herpes sufferers, I didn't want to think about the possibility of my ever being responsible for passing this virus on to someone else.
'With eight in ten Australians affected by HSV 1 - oral cold sores and two in ten affected by HSV 2 - genital herpes, dropping the H Bomb is becoming a more common occurrence.