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Three Ways to Tell Your (Potential) Partner You Have HerpesBy Courtney Brame

In a Nutshell

Since 2017, Something Positive for Positive People (SPFPP) has interviewed hundreds of people about their experience navigating herpes stigma. This hack focuses on initiating a conversation with a partner about your own positive herpes status with someone you're sexually interested in/involved with.

Favorite Quote

Life is about what happens THROUGH you, not TO you.

Courtney W. Brame


Something Positive for Positive People (SPFPP) is a sexual health communications support resource for people navigating herpes stigma.

SPFPP's most effective resource is the podcast by the same name where the host interviews people living with herpes about their experiences from dating to disclosure.

These experiences come from people of all walks of life from living with cold sores, to having been sexually assaulted and contracted herpes, all the way to the mental health professionals supporting them through their psychological challenges of this diagnosis.

One of the major challenges of navigating herpes stigma for someone newly diagnosed is the communication component to partners. Here's some hacks to help you disclose your herpes status at different points.

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