Peckham has had genital herpes for six years now and got it from an ex-girlfriend who didn’t know she had it.

The virus never goes away, and some take antiviral medicines to relieve or suppress outbreaks.

The only times that having genital herpes can be dangerous are when having sex with someone who has HIV (since it can increase your chances of getting HIV) and during pregnancy.

Leah Berkenwald pointed out in an article for Scarleteen that almost every Judd Apatow movie includes a joke about herpes.

Living Sphere has a large list of films, TV shows, and books that mention genital herpes, with many of the films and TV shows poking fun at people who have it.

Sometimes the jokes directly suggest people with genital herpes are whores or cheaters or they indirectly make the connection, such as the classic line, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Except for herpes.” The prevalence of these jokes can keep people with genital herpes from opening up.

Herpes is the “largest epidemic no one wants to talk about,” Eric Sabo wrote in the New York Times.

Both Project Accept and HSV Singles Dating blame an antiviral drug marketing campaign during the late 1970s to mid-1980s for herpes’ stigma.

HPV can lead to cancer, on occasion, and women get tested regularly for it, making it no joke to most.