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It might be better to break the news about herpes to someone who has already grown attached to you.
Kissing, cuddling, and fondling are safe, so you don't have to tell before you do that.
Second, don't wait until you're just about to have sex -- in which case the attraction may be too strong for either of you to think rationally and act responsibly.
If in the past you tended to start a new relationship with sex, you now might want to change your approach.
It is possible that a person becomes aware of the “first episode” years after the infection is acquired.Symptoms of herpes usually develop within 2 to 20 days after contact with the virus, although it could take longer.These symptoms may last up to several weeks, varying from one person to the next.The American Academy of Dermatology notes that cold sores are typically spread through casual contact such as kissing, using the same silverware, or using the same linens as someone with HSV1 while herpes is most commonly spread through sexual contact with someone infected with HSV2.Terri Warren, author of “The Good News about the Bad News Herpes: Everything You Need to Know,” states that 20 percent of Americans aged 15 and older have herpes and 56 percent of Americans aged 15 and older are infected with cold sores.