I think this is true for all STDs. The CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new infections occur each year in the United States, half in young people between the ages of 15 and I asked myself: Would it be ridiculous to not be physically intimate with someone I have strong feelings for when I've most likely been exposed to the STI in the past and have a form of it myself?
Herpes is very common, and so is the tendency to feel awful about having it. To be honest, taking it slow is the best thing for me. Before I was officially diagnosed, I googled my symptoms and scared myself silly. Pmid: genital.