At the time she was a student at Wesleyan University and the campus clinic medic confirmed she had caught herpes despite using condoms, as they are not 100% effective in preventing the spread of the incurable STI. “It opens that gate to a conversation some people are scared of.” And she’s not ashamed to admit that she’s slept with someone without using a condom since.
But since her STI diagnosis, the American beauty has been very vocal about having genital herpes in a bid to break down the stigma. Writing in her blog, Ella said: “It was a long-term partner’s suggestion to forgo the Trojans for the first time.“Since we both knew our status and I hadn’t had an outbreak for quite some time, we decided it was a calculated risk we wanted to take together.“An STI does not ruin your sex life, it doesn’t need to curtail it, and it doesn’t taint you.“And let me be very clear: I am not advocating for sex without condoms, or for the careless spread of herpes (hah), or for being cavalier about birth control.
Some antiviral drugs like Valtrex can be used to treat both strains of herpes but it can’t prevent it from returning.
Three years ago Ella Dawson was diagnosed with genital herpes a few days before her 21st birthday.
Even though she had never had unprotected sex in her life, the youngster awoke to find painful red sores on her vagina.
Surprisingly Ella thinks the virus has actually improved her sex life and relationships.“Herpes has changed my sex life and my love life so much for the better,” she told Dame magazine.“Getting diagnosed forced me to reevaluate what I wanted in relationships and who I wanted to date and what was important to me.” Ella continued: “I had been living in this hookup culture lifestyle at Wesleyan. What I am advocating for is owning our sexual pleasure.“I’m done viewing my sexuality as a threat.
It “hides” in the body – just like glandular fever and chicken pox – but one of the most popular myths about the STD is it’s symptoms.Most people think that your bits get covered in painful blisters but only one in five people who have it will have the obvious symptoms like aches and pains, burning sensations, discharge or difficulty urinating.