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"It took a lot of work and the realization that I was created perfectly exactly as I am, and if somebody doesn't love me for that aspect, there are plenty of [people] out there who are very interested in this beautiful, shiny self that I am," she tells Bustle. Loanzon realized this about herself, she changed her perspective in dating and self acceptance, and says, " ..world opened up."Here's why you shouldn't feel ashamed if you have herpes. It's a normal, non-life threatening part of a lot of people's lives. Loanzon contracted the virus when she had not yet even had vaginal intercourse — only oral sex with her college boyfriend.
How could you possibly be loved if you feel like there is this horrible, damaged part of yourself? Loanzon learned that she was struggling with self-love, self-respect, and self-confidence — stemming from the shame she had internalized after her herpes diagnosis. Loanzon's friend realized that her husband must also have the virus, and admitted that she had no idea that she had been dealing with herpes for years.
Loanzon contracted Type 1, and some people contract Type 1 without performing any sexual behavior at all.