After being in what I thought was a monogamous marriage, I discovered my then husband was a sex addict and had been cheating on me from the beginning of our relationship. Getty Images. This is a good first step to find people who have gone through the same experience, she says. On top of this, some people just have infections and not diseases. Despite the outdated stigma our society carries around, having herpes in no way signifies the infected individual is dirty or promiscuous. Ellie's not alone in her assessment of STI dating sites as a barren, depressing wasteland. And I believe women are more likely to accept a man with herpes than a man would be.
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Want to discuss? Go figure. As a result, these sites merely serve to segregate people who have herpes from people who don't or don't admit itfurther cementing the erroneous idea that a common viral infection somehow makes a person permanently unfuckable—when, in fact, a combination of medication, condoms, and avoiding sex during outbreaks can make sex with herpes fairly safe certainly much safer than sex with someone who blithely assumes they're STI-free. I informed him about the HSV and how I contracted it. I didn't see any when I visited, but the owner's statement on their About Us page states they may add a Donate button at some point to help with the costs of maintaining the site. As time goes on and stigma lessens, there will be less of a demand for these services.