Nephew has her­pes and aunt wor­ries he isn’t cop­ing with it

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

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.

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