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Someone like Alexandra is very public about the fact that she lives with an incurable STI.She works every day to break down stigma and give people with herpes a place where they can access clear and easy to understand information about the condition. But does the stigma around sexually transmitted diseases still affect her?
Alexandra says that it depends on who you are and what you want from the relationship.
It takes a lot of self-reflection and self-worth to begin the dating process.
‘After my diagnosis, I stayed in a relationship for much longer than I should have because I was too scared to go out and date.
HSV-1 and HSV-2 are both highly contagious, and even if a sufferer is not experiencing an outbreak, the virus is still present in their body.
According to the NHS, you can reduce the risk of passing on herpes by using a condom for vaginal, anal and oral sex, avoiding sex if an outbreak (blisters and sores) is occurring, and not sharing sex toys unless they are washed and covered with a condom.