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Countries/Cities with less HSV stigma?

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hi202020

Hey guys, 

Are there specific countries where HSV stigma is much lower than the USA, where disclosing would be more successful? I know in Europe it seems to be the case from what I've read here and there. I'm curious if anyone has personal experience with this. 

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Rocio-it

From my experience: Europe and South America (Argentina & Uruguay) are fine.

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Joel7

In Africa and South America, herpes rates are very high, and awareness of herpes is very low. For example, in a study of the general population of Uganda, HSV2 prevalence was 85% in people over age 40. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4370054/

In Brazil, HSV2 rates exceed 66% in women over 40, and 71% in women over 45. 

https://sti.bmj.com/content/79/4/286

If you were to enter dating pools of that nature, what would North American notions of "disclosure" mean? What additional risk would you be posing to dating partners, especially if you were on suppressive therapy and used condoms?

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