Couples dating with herpes
Can you get herpes from your partner if they have herpes?
If your partner has cold sores and performs oral sex, or performs oral sex when you have genital herpes sores, the virus can spread. People often contract herpes this way, especially if they don’t know how the virus is transmitted. You can also contract herpes through other skin-to-skin contact. I got it when my partner had a cold sore.
Does herpes affect your dating life?
Thanks to STI stigma, being diagnosed with herpes might provoke anxiety about your dating life, especially when it comes to having sex. But thankfully, the reality is, many people with herpes and other STIs are having normal love lives every day.
Can you have sex with herpes if you have cold sores?
So, if you have herpes, don’t worry that your love life is over. It’s not. You can have great sex, find love, and also cut down on the chance of passing herpes along to your partner, Triplett says. Just keep these few things in mind: It’s possible to transmit herpes even if you don’t currently have cold sores or a genital outbreak.
How long after a herpes outbreak can you date?
However, the physical symptoms of a herpes outbreak don’t stick around for long. Usually, your body will repel the virus and heal within two to three weeks, giving you months in between each outbreak for you to enjoy a normal dating life. For more information on this, we have a guide to When is it Safe to Kiss Someone After a Cold Sore?