What Do I Do If I Think I Have Herpes!? Dear Betch…

Dear Betch,

I’m going to keep this short and simple.

I hooked up with this guy last week and he messaged me over the weekend asking if I had herpes because he had a rash on his face the day after we hooked up and then spots (who the fuck says spots, what does that even mean?!) developed after.

Fast forward to two days later when I asked him what happened with it because he had a doctors app, and he told me he had type 1 herpes. I’m freaking the fuck out because 1) it’s fucking herpes 2) what are the differences in the types and 3) did I give him fucking herpes?!

Basically, I was a massive ho these past six months but have really toned it down recently, which is the only reason why I’m thinking that I could have given it to him. BUT I’ve never shown any symptoms, not even a rash, and isn’t type 1 like a cold sore that 5 year olds can get as well for no specific reason? So is that even an actual STD and should I actually be freaking out like I am?


Massively confused over herpes

Dear Ho turned housewife (turned herpes patient?)            

I’m not answering this question until either you call your gyno and make an appointment, or drive down to your local Planned Parenthood and are sitting in the waiting room. Are you at the doctor yet? Okay, good.

In short, yes it’s possible that you gave him herpes. Here’s a brief rundown: herpes is a virus (if you didn’t know that already, God help you). There are two types of the virus, helpfully named type 1 and type 2. Herpes type 1 is basically cold sores. Even though genital herpes (the gross stuff you typically think of when you hear “herpes”) is usually caused by the other type, HSV-2, you CAN get type 1 on your genitals, which I’m sure is just as unpleasant. So if this guy went down on you, you could have gotten herpes. Again, get to a fucking doctor.

Some more bonus info I feel like would be useful to you: you can spread herpes even if you don’t have an outbreak. So like it’s possible he had herpes all along but wasn’t having an outbreak so you couldn’t tell. And finally, you can have herpes (the virus) and not even know you have it, so, repeat the previous sentence. Shouts out to WebMD who gave me all this info, where you could have also found it just as easily and much less publicly. Although I’m glad for the entertainment and educational opportunity your question provided, I do seriously question your choice of internet advice though.

Bottom line: Yes, it’s possible that you gave him herpes. But it’s also possible that somebody else gave it to him. Either way you fucked around with someone who now has herpes so you need to get your ass to a doctor and get tested. Now.

Fingers crossed,

The Betches

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