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How do I tell my partner I have genital herpes?

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Think about how you want your partner to take the news. If you say, "I have some awful news for you," your partner will likely take it as awful news. Instead, be casual, direct, and unemotional.

If you say, "You're going to freak out when you hear this," or "Don't freak out, but...," you are setting your partner up to panic either way.

Simply say you have genital herpes, and ask if he or she knows what that means. Be prepared to present the facts.

SOURCES:  Warren, T., Warren, R. The Updated Herpes Handbook, 2002, pp 25-27. American Social Health Association.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 08, 2016

SOURCES:  Warren, T., Warren, R. The Updated Herpes Handbook, 2002, pp 25-27. American Social Health Association.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 08, 2016

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