Unfortunately, we don't know why some people get symptoms and some people don't.It is likely that some "asymptomatic" people do have symptoms but they're either so mild (for example, itching) they don't recognize them as being herpes or they have lesions in areas that are difficult to see (for example, perianal)., author and sex counselor specializing in relationships involving a viral STI, says getting herpes via oral sex from somebody with known and non-disclosed cold sores is "SOOOOOO common." That means that — unless two-thirds of your sexual partners are telling you they have herpes — all you in denial could be screwing over your partners because you won't take responsibility for your condition. There's obviously the joke about herpes as "that shit stays with you for life," but then why do people who only get cold sores once think of it as a one-and-done thing?Well, it's a lot easier to brush something off when it's not loaded with the stigma of being a garbage dump of a person.A even placed genital herpes second for most social stigma of all STDs (HIV was ranked first).The stigma mostly comes from a lack of accurate knowledge about the virus.For example, it's commonly assumed that HSV-1 only causes cold sores on the mouth, and HSV-2 is when something exists on the genitals.
, DDS, says "[we in the] dental and medical community are starting to see more HSV-2 on the lips and HSV-1 on the genitals.
To see this stigma in action, Garrison says, "Go on Craigslist in any major city and in the personals section in the ALL category, type in 'HIV ' or 'poz.' Look at the results that come up.