‘Having herpes doesn’t stop me from dating; in fact, I published my diagnosis on Tinder.’


Suzanna Brusikiewicz has taken to social media to attempt to challenge the stigma around herpes by being open about the infection and reveals that her diagnosis doesn’t stop her dating

Attempting to break the stigma of genital herpes, a woman has openly shared on social media that she has the infection.

She refuses to let the diagnosis get in the way of her dating life – even putting her diagnosis on her Tinder bio.

Speaking to the The Tab, Suzanna Brusikiewicz said she was worried about her love life when she first tested positive for having herpes.

This caused her to quickly break up with her then-boyfriend after she found out that he was being unfaithful and had been cheating on her.

She explained: “We put up with relationships we don’t deserve or don’t see red flags or stay in situations we shouldn’t because we think we can’t find love after this or have a normal sex life.”

She continued: “And it’s just completely untrue. You know, it has no reflection on our worth whatsoever.”

“That’s all stigma.”

Not letting her diagnosis define her, Suzanna has taken herpes in her stride and has used it to empower herself and others with herpes.

Posting under the username @suzbubs, she now often posts videos to her 69,600 TikTok followers to break the stigma around the sexually transmitted infection.

Noting that the herpes has been in the world “forever”, Suzanna has proposed that people should not be looked down upon for having it.

In a video titled “Lets Talk Stigma”, Suzanna has said that she has noticed that there is a lot of “fear-mongering” around herpes.

She added: “Part of why the stigma is there is because in a lot of abstinence education, you are terrified into staying away from sex, so they show you the worst of the worst”

“They also paint herpes as this horrible affliction that’s gonna cover your whole body in burning blisters and you’re gonna die.”

Making the point that people often do not feel embarrassed for having a cold sore, which is a common type of herpes, a lot of people may feel disgusted when someone announces that they have genital herpes.

Discussing the different reactions to the forms of herpes, Suzanna stated: “People with cold sores who are not educated with the fact that that is herpes, or that it works the same way, are going to transmit it.

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