In the early stages of dating, we keep pieces of our history folded away until the right time to reveal them arises, but how do you do that when your body is in possession of a societal taboo?

Approximately 11.9 percent of people aged 14 to 49 years in the U.S. live with incurable genital herpes, otherwise known as an HSV-2 infection. And wrestling with this diagnosis while dating can be a trial by fire.

To clarify that not all STIs turn into long-term diseases, the terminology was switched from "sexually transmitted diseases'' to "sexually transmitted infections," but the social stigma of STIs remains strong. Around 50 percent of the population have HSV-1, usually contracted in childhood, but HSV-2