I had always insisted on using condoms, which can reduce the risk of transmission.

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I knew enough about sexually transmitted diseases to know that I had herpes, but I didn't know exactly what to do.

As I sat in the college health center waiting to see a doctor, I watched my very short-lived social life drift by.

Many feature chat rooms, bulletin boards, treatment information, personal ads, and social groups around the world.

A friend of mine had recently married a guy she met on the Web -- proving that not every Internet date is a psycho -- so I gave it a try.

Since he was disease-free, he refused to wear condoms, instead choosing the scrub-down -- something that would do nothing to prevent herpes transmission.

That relationship eventually came to an end, leaving me worried yet again about getting back in the dating game.

Less than a week later, I found myself in excruciating pain.

It hurt to walk, and I couldn't use soap anywhere near my genital area.

I held off on sex for as long as I could, but it got more and more difficult.