Takeaway: Many STI-positive people face harassment, judgment, or rejection for their status. But much of this discrimination is fueled by harmful stereotypes about the kinds of people that have genital herpes. Originally published on Everyday Feminism. I was diagnosed with genital herpes at the age of
How I Enjoyed Sex Again After My Herpes Diagnosis - VICE
Masturbation and STDs are two topics that people are often reluctant to discuss. That's true individually, but it's even truer when you put the topics together. People are often concerned about whether or not it's safe to masturbate while undergoing STD treatment, and, more often, whether it is possible to get an STD from masturbation. However, there's one thing that everyone should be clear on: If you don't have an STD, you can't get one from masturbating.
The possibility of forming romantic and sexual relationships is a primary concern of those diagnosed with genital herpes. Overwhelmed with worry about a future with another, the sexual relationship that we have with ourselves is often forgotten. Showing yourself love, especially sexual love, after a herpes diagnosis, is not an easy task. I often referred to myself as a ghost, trapped in a body that I felt was no longer mine to claim - a body ruled by a constant stream of questions and lacking confidence, full of despair, disappointment, and defeat. Love of another, myself, and my body, seemed to be impossible goals.