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How can you deal with anger about having herpes?

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Keep in mind that the person who passed on genital herpes probably didn’t mean to put you at risk. Most people with genital herpes don't know they have it. Because herpes may not flare up for a long time, it might also be hard to figure out exactly when you got it. And while there’s a lot you can do to have safer sex, you might not completely avoid STD risks every time. Don't be too hard on yourself, or anyone else, about it.

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al. "Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 in the United States, 1976 to 1994," New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997. Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic, Portland, Ore. Warren, Terri, RN, and Warren, Ricks, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002.

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on April 3, 2019

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al. "Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 in the United States, 1976 to 1994," New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997. Terri Warren, RN, Westover Heights Clinic, Portland, Ore. Warren, Terri, RN, and Warren, Ricks, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook. Portland Press, 2002.

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on April 3, 2019

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