The specialist said that, given such a low transmission risk, I really don’t have to disclose that I have it to future partners. If you find that hard to believe, then this will seem totally surreal: FOUR OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS repeated this sentiment... none of whom wished to be named in this article.
It's nearly impossible to get clear information on the herpes virus
Google “herpes” and you’ll get plenty of conflicting results: you will always transmit the virus during sex, you rarely transmit the virus during sex, you’ll have multiple outbreaks a year, you rarely have any outbreaks, if you have Type 1 then you can’t contract Type 2, having Type 1 does not exclude you from contracting Type 2, it’s not a big deal, it’s a really big deal, and on and on and on.
Even with the cloud of confusion shrouding herpes, one thing everyone agrees on is that it is one of the most common STDs, it is not life-threatening, and most people who have Herpes Type 2 (a whopping 81%) don’t know they have it.
Statistically, if you have had sex with more than four women or more than five men, you have already had sex with someone carrying the Herpes Type 2 virus. The reality is, most people with herpes don’t know they have it because the majority of the time, it's dormant and inactive... although still transmittable.