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Four years later.... I still don't know how to date with thi

Four years later.... I still don't know how to date with this. Any advice for an introvert, shy gal in her mid 20's?

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TigerGuy's picture
[1610]
Sep 13

Hello from an introvert guy in his 20s. The best way I've found to make dating work is go about your life like you would without HSV. The only time you need to act differently is when a relationship is going to become intimate.

Look at this as a clear boundary to set in your relationships so that you ensure you're only spending time on the serious ones. If you aren't okay with opening up to the person you're seeing about HSV, then you probably aren't really ready to be that intimate with them. It's a seriously significant step to take, and it requires putting a lot of trust into someone, but when you do it, and that person proves worthy of your trust, it makes the relationship that much more fulfilling.

If someone is going to turn you away because of HSV, they probably aren't worth your love and time to begin with, and that's okay! The world is full of people who are.

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Sep 13

@TigerGuy I really needed to read this because even though u can go on in life without dating someone it’s very hard speaking for myself my biggest dream was to be a great wife and mother hopefully one day it happens

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TigerGuy's picture
[1610]
Sep 13

@briannahughes There's no reason it can't happen! You have to really think about the sheer number of people with HSV. It's extremely high. I think the last estimates I heard were one in four women and one in five men. It may be higher than that when you include HSV1.

You are not alone, not even close! And it's not about finding someone else with HSV so you can "settle". It's about finding that same person you were always going to, and just having an extra conversation with them. They will understand if they are the right person.

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