Would you date someone who had herpes?

Dear Dr. Amy:

Hello, I have a question. Well I was asked the question would I date someone with herpes. I said no. They said I was wrong. Well me being a health science major and taking sex ed classes and epidimeology classes I know that you can catch herpes between outbreaks and if there are no symptoms. So tell me am I wrong for this.

Dr. Amy’s Response:


Dear Poster who said “no” to dating someone with herpes, 

I am assuming the “they” you are referring to are classmates or peers. You are the only one in charge of your body. The decisions and choices you make in how to care for your body are soley up to you. People often make choices based on peer pressure, and regret these choices later. Many people do choose to knowingly have sex with someone who has herpes. As long as you are aware of the risks it is up to each individual to make their own choice. Of cource, using precaution and protection is your best defense against STDs. You must do what you believe is a decision that you can live with.


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