So why does “catching a virus” cause such emotional upheaval?Perhaps it would help first to debunk some of the most popular myths surrounding Herpes: This is false.You cannot transmit or catch the herpes virus through the air you breathe or from casual contact on toilet seats, chairs, and similar sorts of workplace or home contact.
Others feel guilty and full of self-blame thinking that they “brought it on themselves”.
Some individuals feel that they are being punished by God for their sexual activity.
And still others fall into a depression and suffer from low self-esteem, wondering if anyone will want to date them or be sexual with them again.
These are intense emotions which create a great deal of stress in people.
Thus, understandably, many people with Herpes, especially soon after being diagnosed, feel shame and embarrassment and fear telling anyone they have it.
Jokes about Herpes or about people possibly having the virus appear regularly in movies, television, radio, and on the Internet.
And, for unknown reasons, it is the “go to” sexually transmitted disease (STD) in pop culture when the goal is to ridicule or shame someone.
in much of society, a stigma is associated with the Herpes virus.
Herpes is not considered to be a virus that is easily caught like the common cold. 70-80% of people experience Oral Herpes (cold sores) by the age of ten years old. While being sexually promiscuous does carry increased risks of acquiring any STD, you can just as easily catch Herpes from a long term partner or in a monogamous relationship as you can from a one night stand.