These individuals can often feel ashamed of their symptoms and see themselves as undatable or unattractive because of the cold sores.
However, a herpes diagnosis is not the end of love and romance.
People infected with HSV-2 can experience outbreaks of open sores or ulcers around the genital area, and the infection can cause a fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes.
The ulcers also make individuals more susceptible to contracting HIV.
According the the CDC, one out of every six Americans (ages 14 to 49) have genital herpes.
These cold sores are highly infectious and spread primarily by oral-to-oral contact.
HSV-1 can also lead to genital herpes through oral-to-genital contact.
In many cases, people will not show symptoms of being HSV-1 positive, but the infection stays with them for their entire lives.
Oral herpes can cause painful blisters and open sores in or around the mouth.