Basing a relationship completely around a shared STD

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While browsing a few internet forms, I keep coming across men and women that are in a relationship simply because them and their partner share the same STD. Now, while that is a wonderful thing, that, exclusively, is not a reason to maintain a relationship. Exhibit a: "Johnny" and "Ashley" have been dating for 3 months.

Ashley is beginning to get tired of the same conversation. She understands that they both have the same STD, and that it would be easy to sit back and suck it up and try to make things work. However, all she can think about is how little they have in common. She is bored when she is with Johnny. She tried to talk to him about it, but is scared to break up with him, for fear that others will see her as "damaged goods". Whats a girl to do?

Personally, I stayed in a relationship similar to the one outlined above far longer than I should have. We bonded over our shared STD, and about how hard dating had become. Our first date was all about sharing our "infection" story. As was our second. And our third. Until one day it finally dawned on me that this was ALL we talked about. We had nothing else in common. While it was nice to not have to worry about being judged, I was staying in the relationship for all of the wrong reasons.

Some time has passed since then, and it now all seems so absurd to me. Now, I am looking for a person I like and am compatible with who happens to have my same STD (or a person who is not infected that can look past it). Then, I was looking for a person with my same STD and that was about it.

I guess what I am saying is to not let your disease define you or your relationship. It works out better that way in the end.

By Arch84, Georgia, United States

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