The herpes virus has been recognised for thousands of years – Hippocrates wrote about it – and was seen as nothing more than a minor skin condition for most of that time.
I’ve not had any partners be particularly worried about it, especially since so many people have it.
At least I know I have it so I can do what I can to minimise risk.
I had a burning/itchy sensation and initially thought I had thrush.
After a few days, I spotted a tiny lesion and went to the sexual health clinic, who diagnosed genital herpes.
Every person I spoke to had been helped at some point by the Herpes Virus Association, so I asked the charity’s director Marian Nicholson to give me the herpes lowdown.