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Given my boyfriend herpes

20 and my boyfriend is 25 I’ve had herpes for about 2 years - I’ve only had the first outbreak and then a small one about 6 months later- so for about a year and a half I’ve not experienced anything and hardly thought of it. I’ve been in a relationship for 4 months now with the most caring sweetest guy I’ve ever met and he honestly thinks the world of me, but today he asked me what does this look like to you and showed me a sore on his penis and my world just crashed. Out of panic I just said I’m not sure you should probably go and get it looked at. I just can’t bare to tell him that I gave this horrible thing to him and I knew I had it and didn’t tell him in case he never talks to me ever again. Please help what do I do. If I tell him I already know that he will just leave because we’re only young and he will have never experienced this type of conversation before. Also, there is only one sore and it sort of looks like a cut. What if it’s not an outbreak and sort of just a friction burn of some sort, and then I tell him that it could have been herpes and I’ve nearly knowingly given him it? I’m at a loss either way and I’m not sure which is worse

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Really it should have been spoken about when you first got together just out of respect. I had to tell my boyfriend and it was the most horrible thing ever but he accepted it! I guess now if it does turn out he’s got it you can always say that you’ll get checked out and say you’ve got it too but just mention how some people don’t get symptoms so it’s not entirely your fault as you didn’t know? He’ll be told all about it if it is herpes, but keep calm with him that’s all you can do! Good luck x

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I just don’t want to find myself in a web of lies but also don’t want to lose him. I think the best option may be to have a blood test and tell him my results came back positive but I didn’t know .. this is horrid I am not a liar but not sure what else to do

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I’m in your same situation, I wanted to tell him from the beginning but he’s not my bad it was random sexy now I’m pregnant. Not sure how to go about it. The people I’ve confided in said tell him now but act like I just found out 😔 I’m a horrible liar tho

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I've been in a similar situation. I caught Herpes and didn't immediately realise what it was. My outbreaks were mild and infrequent. At the third outbreak I got it swabbed and the result came back negative so I never had a proper diagnosis. The symptoms were so trivial I pretty much forgot about it and like you failed to discuss it with my new girlfriend. 3-4 months into our relationship she got a Herpes outbreak and it was a bad one. I hadn't even realised i had an outbreak, but tbh I wasn't looking for the outbreak either.

I confessed that it was likely from me immediately. Unfortunately unlike me her symptoms were severe and outbreaks frequent. Our relationship limped on for a few months but she never forgave me. We parted company a few months later and I feel that the Herpes and my failure to to discuss it with her was a major contributing factor to the break up. it's a matter of great regret for me.

I'm not sure I'm the best to advise but here goes:

You could try lying but unless your boyfriend has been having sex elsewhere he's not likely to believe you and that would really destroy any trust between you.

I think you have to make a clean breast of it and hope for forgiveness. You didn't give it to him deliberately but you are guilty of not taking it seriously enough, as I didn't. With luck he will only get mild symptoms with infrequent outbreaks. If so although he will be shocked to start with he will decide it's no big deal and will appreciate your sorrow and honesty. It will be more difficult for him to forgive if he gets frequent bad outbreaks it will be more difficult for him to forgive you.

Best of luck to you x

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Thank you so much. That’s really very helpful and I appreciate your advice x

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You're welcome. For what its worth my impression from my own experience and from this forum is that guys tend to get milder less frequent outbreaks than girls, so he may be able to just shrug it off. I only get an out break every 5-6months and they are very mild.

I'm paranoid that i will fail to notice an outbreak and infect somone else. so I have to check myself over thoroughly if im expecting to have sex. I've also made a point of having the awkward conversation with subsequent partners before the clothes come off.

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You should tell him it’s not really fair leaving someone in the dark like that especially when things like this spread. Should have been using contraception to be honest if you have only been together 4 months.

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I would agree with you Charalou that its right to have an honest and full conversation about this. However if by contraception you mean condoms, this is a mistake. Condoms are great for preventing transmission of many STIs but not so much for Herpes. They only reduce the transmission rate by 30%. I picked up my Herpes despite using a condom every time.

Of course for racha11 if her boyfriend sticks with her, which I think he might, there is one advantage. They both have the same type of Herpes so cant infect one another again.

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Oh dear... it's best you both go to your GU clinic and get tested then if he has got it then you will know which type of virus it is. The best thing is always honesty. If it really didn't cross your mind because you never had any further outbreaks, then maybe he will understand that. If this is his first outbreak then they may be able to give him some meds to knock it out??? it may or may not work. To be frank... when anyone has unprotected sex with a new partner... there is always a risk of std's... As you don't have symptoms, that doesn't mean you don't shed cells... and not many people are aware of that. Maybe that's what happened

It's not the end of the world, although it might feel like it right now. I've had partners walk away because of it... but I guess they really didn't love me.

Learn all you can about the virus and how to have a happy and healthy sex life despite it.

I found this website quite enlightening. hva.org.uk

Take care x

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You should have told him about it before any sexual contact happens. But now he developed a sore better yet not to tell him that you have. Once it was confirmed that he has herpes then tell him you do not know that you have it for a long time. Just an oponion of mine.

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Hello i would tell him that u do have it. I didnt tell my wife at first and that was wrong u have to give ur pattner the choice, i hope all well becomes of this. Say the roles were reverse, how would u feel ?

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