Great piece!! Thanks for the positive outlook on something people are so quick to stigmatize folks over. Recently, a lady friend my husband and I are talking about becoming involved with disclosed to me she has HSVII. She was terrified to tell me. I felt so bad for how bad she felt! She and I were intimate years ago, before she contracted it, but she was so concerned I would judge her and think she kept it a secret.

I hope I eased her fears with my reaction, which was pretty much as you described here. It's no big deal. Though hubby and I are clear, I'm genuinely not concerned. If it happens it happens. Though I'm sure there are people who will judge me for being so nonchalant about this, I just really don't see it as the end of my sex life, or life in general if it were to happen.

Thanks so much for your vulnerable piece.

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