ED: When I was diagnosed, the person I was dating was the classic college boy.He was really freaked out and quite worried about his reputation and people thinking that he had herpes.
MC: Can you talk about some of the specific experiences you've had?
Once I left that relationship I realized that he had been treating me in a way that was really inexcusable, and decided that nobody gets to make you feel worthless.
It doesn't matter what virus you have or what decisions you've made in life, there's no justification for that.
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