Sometimes, for people with genital herpes, there might be a temptation to cease many of their social activities once they know they have the virus.
It’s easy to feel upset, maybe even depressed, at the thought of having the genital herpes virus. Perhaps, and more particularly, the thought of dating with genital herpes can be quite daunting and a myriad of questions or concerns will arise.
Still, it’s best to remain positive as life has to go on and, for those with genital herpes, once they get over the initial concerns or worries, often it’s possible to carry on with their life and lifestyle as usual.
Some suggestions to help those with genital herpes get back into the swing of a “normal” life style include:
- Research: find out as much as you can about the genital herpes virus, its origins and causes; its symptoms and possible treatments. Research the ways the virus is contracted and which demographics are most likely to be the sufferers; read books, information pamphlets and/or look on various sites on the internet to learn more about the herpes virus
- Remain optimistic: the symptoms of genital herpes can be in various degrees and often subside over a period of time. Try not to worry too much as, clearly, you are not alone and it is a well established fact that there are literally millions of people living active lives with genital herpes throughout the world
- carry on with your life as normal: try and avoid becoming fixated on having genital herpes, and cast aside any feelings of guilt or that you are somehow being punished for some misdeed or other (whatever they may be perceived to be)
- endeavour to meet others for support: in many cities or towns there are charitable organisations or some other voluntary groups set up to help people with genital herpes. Sometimes, there may be meetings for those with genital herpes to attend where it will be possible to meet others with the same complaint
- find an activity group: often there are social or activity groups which cater to people with genital herpes, perhaps one which arranges functions or outings of like-minded people; these may holds visits to the cinema, to a barbecue or other outdoor activity, where people with genital herpes can meet others in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere
- genital herpes dating sites: such sites are an invaluable source of contacts and, if you feel you are happy to continue dating or maybe start dating again, try one of the specialised, well known genital herpes dating sites. On such sites you can meet new friends, partners, lovers or even potential spouses, and finally get to move on with your life
In this age of instant accessibility to most places around the world, and the ability to link up with people with who also have genital herpes via the internet or social media, there is no need to despair. Remember, there are plenty of other people out there with genital herpes and once you are motivated enough to find them, it’s likely your life will be back on track and maybe become even more rewarding!