Q: I have an online dating site and every time I tell people I got herpes I get rejected I just don’t understand why I say it at the perfect time right before we go on an actual date and I’m thinking maybe should I wait till we meet face to face because I’m tired of getting rejected so fast it makes me feel like I’m not worth real love ):
How do you disclose ? It’s not dishonest in my opinion because as long as your telling them before sex it’s the people who know they have it and have Sex with that person without disclosing where I see it as dishonest but I think after a first date should be good I for now have been telling people before the date through text and I’ve had people reject me except one person so far out of like 7 it’s kind of sad.
A: What you have does not define who you are! Let them like you before you tell them you have HSV. I don’t say herpes, I wait until I have had 2 or more dates and then if I feel like we have chemistry I tell them but not before.
B: Isn’t better to let them know earlier than later? I mean; if I were a guy I wouldn’t want to spend time and money on a girl, only to find out she has an incurable contagious skin disease that I’m not interested in catching.
excellent; I’m always straight up from the gate. I don’t want anyone taking me out, spending time and energy, and money on me to drop the herpes bomb. That doesn’t really seem honest to me.
C: I’ve done it both ways. What I’ve found is that many times I go out for a couple times with someone and the chemistry isn’t right. Why tell them, they weren’t going to make the cut anyway? WHEN I do tell women is when there’s 1) chemistry and intimacy is right around the corner..or 2) when there’s a tipping point of liking them and needing to give full disclosure.
D: Do you think people need to disclose if they have kids before the first date, if they’ve been married, had a felony, etc? I’m just pointing out some “baggage” and putting HSV into that. For me, I think letting them get to know me for me before disclosing works best. No one has ever been upset that I waited a few dates to tell them. I’d understand if it was a month or two, but I don’t think anyone needs to “tell all” before the first date or even on the first date unless it comes up organically.
E: Let them know you! You are Haley Hill not herpes. Be that fabulous person with an awesome face and great attitude full of confidence and let them see you.
F: Evans is right. The word herpes may scare them a little. I always say something like ” hey I have something to tell you And if you don’t wanna chat after then I will understand. ” I wait for them to respond. Then I say” a few months ago I found out I have HSV-2 . I’m an asymptomatic carrier which means I carry the virus but don’t have outbreaks. ” if they ask what it is. I tell them to Google it. Lol. 90 % of the time I hear back. Most of them thank me for being honest.
Don’t ever let them define you because of this skin rash. If they can’t get to know you for who you are than they aren’t worth your time.
H: Pre diagnosis if someone dropped it on me before a first date I would have bailed because I wasn’t educated. You could give me whatever info you wanted, still would have bailed. If I knew someone a bit better and actually liked them I would be likely to research myself. What exactly are you saying? I disclose on my profile. So far everyone has been accepting. I’m the one that’s too chicken to actually meet up
I: I disclose on my profile too.. I used to give a long rant … Now I just put ” oh BTW I have HSV( herpes simplex virus) I don’t make it a big issue.
J: You are worthy!
This just shows that those people are not worth YOUR time. Hang in there a good one will find you soon enough.
The good news is shallow people stay away
K: Let them get to to know you in person, hang out, click with them and then if he seems to like you without the info let him know. Let them see how special you are with or without the gift.
L:I have tried a profile disclosing and not disclosing. There has been a couple of women that I felt I should tell before meeting and a couple I waited until after, rejected by all. I have heard that women have more success with disclosing then men do. When I have disclosed, I always use the term HSV figuring it will make it seem to them not as bad as the term herpes does. Some have asked what it means and I explain hoping to lessen the stigma about herpes.
M: I always disclose with 100% confidence as if they were asking my eye color or height. Its a part of you and NOT A BAD THING! You don’t have to advertise it but dont make it a negative piece of yourself…just be honest and if they don’t want to even have a conversation about it is that really someone you want to be with..?! We are all a community so don’t let muggles drag you down.
If i met them online, i always disclose before i even waste any of their time or my time. 50% of the time either they have it too or they don’t care, the other 50% never hear from again. We all have limited time on this earth so i’m not going to invest more time in someone that isn’t open to HSV or our situations. I am surprised at how many women are accepting. I’m near you so let me know if you want to talk. Community helps
N: Hsv sounds too close to HIV to me so I always say herpes. One guy thought I meant HIV so I changed my profile to say herpes simplex virus.
O: I believe in waiting to disclose, get to know each other and date without sex, you might decide you don’t want to take things further.
After they know you they’ll have something to walk away from and they will be more likely to try and make things work and this goes for any medical condition.
You are worth real love don’t settle for less, a year from now you will think much differently about this.
You’re a great person and your best days are ahead of you
P: Everybody takes a different approach in regards to when is the best time to disclose and not every approach fits everybody’s personality!
You just go by what makes you feel comfortable!
I like what Cali and others said..wait a bit before disclosing!
If you tell someone before you even have the chance of meeting them face to face..you run the risk of being seen by that other person .. as only the walkign & talking unpaid spokesperson for H!
R: That’s how I do it and I’ve only been rejected once. And honestly I told him so he’s go away because he was the kind of ass that wouldn’t understand.
S: Just the type of guy in my opinion. I herd this thing on the radio this morning, it was talking about how me have a list and how people must meet certain rules. They were saying how that would definitely keep us from dating people we wouldn’t normally. In turn missing a connection with someone we might truly fall in love with..
T: There is no reason to tell anyone until you are sure you like them enough to have sex with them. In my opinion, you were telling way too early. They don’t know anything about you yet, only that you have herpes. Once they meet you, they will see your good qualities, and that will balance out the herpes disclosure.