The good thing about science is that it doesn’t allow room for making determinations without supporting facts. A scientific mind, as stated in the book “Flow” requires “enough skepticism and openness of mind to reject beliefs that are not supported by facts” (p. 137). Yet most of us take on our cultural beliefs like a sponge without bolstering them with actual facts first. When we can strengthen our beliefs with the actual facts, then our beliefs can be more grounded in truth.
On the surface level, there are herpes facts that are helpful to know for disclosing to partners and being knowledgeable about what you have. Those are important, but they are only the starting point.
The more important facts are those that go deeper: The fact that you are lovable no matter what. The fact that there are so many people out there who get herpes and live perfectly fulfilling and beautiful lives. The fact that nobody has ever died from herpes. The fact that anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger. The fact that you care about yourself and your future enough to be reading these words right now. The fact that love isn't determined by what you have, but by who you are. And at your core, in your heart, you are worthy. And that's a fact.