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The CDC reports that there are an estimated 20 million new STD infections each year, and more than half of all people will be diagnosed with an STD in their lifetime.
There are 50 million adults with genital herpes to date, and yet up to 90 percent of infected people are unaware that they have it.
However, once you settle down and learn the facts, you will realize that having genital herpes is not the end of the world, and herpes is not the end of your sex life or your social life. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions and links.
While some folks might want to tell you the ins and outs of their particular STD, others might not want to be your personal sex educator, so you'll need to take the reins and get to reading.
There may be days when your partner is having an outbreak or feeling weak or depressed about their condition, and you really want to have sex but they're in no mood for it.
Asymptomatic skin shedding can occur during any skin-to-skin contact around the genitals and transmit the virus, although there are now anti-virals on the market that greatly reduce this risk.
It should go without saying, but having a sexually transmitted infection doesn't mean you're "dirty" or "slutty" or any sex negative word you can use to describe a person.
Assuming anything about someone's sexual history or future sexual behavior based on their status is never a good idea, because there is no one kind of person who has an STD.