However, if signs and symptoms occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite pronounced.
(CNN) -- When John got divorced after 12 years of marriage, he took a deep breath and launched into the dating scene."And wham, with my very first girlfriend, I caught herpes," he says.
Even knowing when to tell a prospective boyfriend about herpes is tough.Members don't have to worry about when to tell other members they have herpes, since everyone in the group does.And they don't have to worry about spreading herpes, since the other members already have it.One site, H2Ofriends.com, lists events for people with herpes in some 40 cities, from San Francisco, California, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ' My friend said, 'We're the Charlotte pottery club!'"CNN Medical News senior producer Jennifer Pifer contributed to this report.