Navya Mysore, family doctor and primary care provider.Mysore says genital herpes can be caused by HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus) or HSV-2.“It can be emotionally hard and it’s important that people have a support system around them to help them cope and understand what next steps are,” she adds.Between your appointments, create a list of questions you have about your diagnosis. Once you have a treatment plan, the next steps require you to make some difficult decisions about your personal life and the people you’re intimate with.Since this news can come as a shock, it can be difficult to process all of the diagnosis and treatment information in one appointment.That’s why Mysore always suggests having a follow-up visit after the initial diagnosis to see how someone is coping.
Even though most people are only shedding the virus for a short period of time, Mysore says you cannot completely eliminate the risk.
After that, says Harbushka, it’s a great time to disclose your sexual health, which would include herpes. Having the herpes virus does not mean that your dating life is over.