Nephew has herpes and aunt worries he isn’t coping with it
DEAR ANNIE: My nephew recently found out that he has genital herpes. He is a fine young man and had been dating the girl for a while. When they parted ways, neither of them knew she had a sexually transmitted disease.
Since finding this out, my nephew has become so depressed. He is convinced that no one will ever want him and that he will spend the rest of his life alone. We are worried about him and have looked around for support groups, but could not find any.
I am sure he cannot be the only person in this position. Could you ask your readers to send in some encouraging words or some advice for him? It would mean so much to him to know he is not alone and that there is hope for a future with someone.
— A Concerned Aunt
Dear Aunt: We can assure you that your nephew is not alone. Roughly 1 in 6 people ages 14-49 in the U.S. have genital herpes, and many are unaware of it. While it is not curable, there is medication available to treat symptoms, control outbreaks and reduce the risk of transmission to a partner.
Please tell your nephew to check the website of the American Social Health Association at ashasexualhealth. org or their Herpes Hotline at 1-888-411-4377. They offer information, encouragement and support, along with relationship advice about how to tell one’s potential sexual partners about the infection.