If you are one to be candid with people, you'll want to blurt it out. There are some things you should reveal about yourself right away -- for example, that you're married, or that you're just in town for the week -- but some things are better left for the appropriate moment.It's up to you to decide the right time to tell a date that you have genital herpes.What's more, anyone who disdains or humiliates you for having herpes was never worth your while.
And a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association finds that one in four women has human papillomavirus, which can cause genital warts and cervical cancer.(Interactive: Test your STD knowledge) Once John got over the initial shock of his diagnosis, one of the first things he did was go online.
I thought at the time that the girl who gave it to me and I were the only people in the world who had it."But John and his date are far from alone.
And the growing number of people in similar situations has created a new industry: Internet dating sites just for people with STDs.
(CNN) -- When John got divorced after 12 years of marriage, he took a deep breath and launched into the dating scene."And wham, with my very first girlfriend, I caught herpes," he says.
"You feel betrayed and all of a sudden separated from the rest of the world.