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  adrian1910  |  27

Too many negative votes, comment buried. Show the comment

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  kewpiesuicide  |  27

Agreed #2. Two of my very good friends have it and it changed how I see it completely. Everyone judges so harshly until it's them or a loved one who has it. Have some empathy people!

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  CatchMe25  |  27

Actually sympathy means just feeling sorry for someone or having generalized compassion. Empathy means being able to truly feel for and understand what the person is going through. So no...empathy in this situation does not require that one contract herpes.

By  beyondflight  |  26

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  SpartanMerc  |  26

The majority of people infected don't even know it because the virus lays dormant for years sometimes. So if someone got it and didn't know it, they could easily assume they are still clean when they are not. And no, condoms do not fully prevent herpes from spreading.

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  LLSpanky  |  26

Condoms only half the risk of getting/spreading herpes, it does not stop it. Many people don't even realise they have it. 25% of people have it, which probably means some of the judgmental people commenting on this FML have it. You don't even have to have sex to get it, it can be passed from mother to baby if she gives birth vaginally and she is shedding the virus at the time.

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  ChatAlors_fml  |  25

Well, if you were thinking of OP's poor choice of sex partner I agree, but he might have caught herpes while receiving oral, and I wonder how much of us use condoms for oral sex.

By  devildog562  |  35

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  devildog562  |  35

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  SirMichael  |  35

@17 Herpes can be transmitted without contact with bodily fluids, contact with the skin around the groin is enough. Condoms reduce the risk somewhat, but you can still catch it.

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  stonedfly3  |  28

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  LLSpanky  |  40

To be truly careful of avoiding the 25% of the population that has herpes, they will need to get a blood test from everyone who they have sex with to be sure they don't have the virus, as many people don't realise. Also, just because a person has herpes does not make them a bad person. If they have sex with you and they don't tell you and they know they have herpes, that makes them a bad person. With using condoms every time and also using an antiviral medication, transmission rate is 1% for men to women and 2% for women to men. OP could be in a committed relationship and have known their partner had herpes and taken all the preventative measures, but lost out to the odds.

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  Setareh23  |  40

OP also could have been in a committed relationship but his partner cheated on him and ended up getting herpes and passing it on to him... no way to know without context.

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