I knew enough about sexually transmitted diseases to know that I had herpes, but I didn't know exactly what to do.
As I sat in the college health center waiting to see a doctor, I watched my very short-lived social life drift by.
Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading STDs.
The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.
A high school friend and I wound up taking our friendship a little further, and 20 seconds into the act that would change my life forever, he stopped.Follow two rules: First, don't wait until after having sex.Second, don't wait until you're just about to have sex -- in which case the attraction may be too strong for either of you to think rationally and act responsibly.What's more, anyone who disdains or humiliates you for having herpes was never worth your while.Keep dating, and you will find someone who wants to be with you regardless of your condition.There are more than 20 types of STDs, including Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women.If a pregnant woman has an STD, it can cause serious health problems for the baby.Less than a week later, I found myself in excruciating pain.It hurt to walk, and I couldn't use soap anywhere near my genital area.One thing could lead to another, and you might find yourself in an awkward situation. The person you're seeing may beat a hasty retreat when he or she finds out you have genital herpes.If you get the "I just want to be friends" talk after telling your sweetheart you have herpes, consider this: He or she may have already been looking for a way out, and herpes was as good an excuse as any.