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the guy im talking to told me he has herpes. we have been talking awhile and we havent had sex. I need to know more about herpes first

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JBnATL

Have you ever had mono, chicken pox or a cold sore? If so, you already have herpes too. 80% of the adult population has it in one form or another. Would you date someone who got an occasional cold sore? Well it is basically the same virus, just in a different location.

I have had it many years and have dated many women and never have passed it along, and that includes a lot of unprotected sex. If someone with this takes meds daily they can reduce the risk of transmission by 50%. I know married people who have been married decades and never passed it to their spouse. Also the longer one has this the less they are contagious.

Read all you can and you will realize that herpes, for the most part, is a very common, mostly harmless virus.

Come to the Chat Room, there you will find many fellow Herpsters who can offer you their support.

Good luck!

JB

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