Should you disclose to partners you have herpes?

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    Apparently most of us have it; http://www.iflscience.com/health-and...-s-got-herpes/

    What do you think?
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    Yes I think you should disclose anything along those lines.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Apparently most of us have it; http://www.iflscience.com/health-and...-s-got-herpes/

    What do you think?
    If you know that you have it yes. It's the responsible thing to do and means you can both take the necessary precautions. It also means no awkward moment later on if you end up passing it on and they find out you already knew.
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    There are two strains of HSV, and yes, most people have at least one.

    When the drugs companies came up with an anti-viral treatment in the 1970s, no-one really cared about genital herpes. It was just cold sores on the genitals rather than, say, around the mouth. So their marketing departments invented the herpes scare: having HSV was The Worst Thing You Could Have... oh, and did you know there was a treatment? It was so effective, the stigma survives the arrival of HIV, a sexually-transmitted virus that can actually kill people.

    'Should you disclose' is an interesting moral question. Usually the people who go 'of course!!!' don't think they have anything.

    In reality, lots of people don't. You can't undisclose, you don't know what they're going to do with the information, and - when it comes to HSV and HIV in particular - you know there's a good chance they'll run off screaming... So the sensible thing to do, for casual sex and in the start of a relationship, is to assume that they do have something and act accordingly.

    There's some interesting research around HIV disclosure: the more someone expects others to disclose to them, the less likely people are to do so.
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    I think if you know you have genital herpes, you should disclose it as it is your moral responsibility .
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    I misread this as parents at first :indiff: But yes, of course you should, I'm sure you want to know so you would be able to seek treatment!
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    If you know, then yes. It would allow you both to take any necessary precautions and there wouldn't be any surprises later on

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