According to a 2006 online poll conducted by pharmaceutical company Novartis, the stigma surrounding herpes is second only to HIV.Mc Kay said the percentage of the population with herpes is “huge,” but most people don’t know they carry the virus.
First-date nerves are par for the course and Jake was no exception.
As he made his way to Marks, the posh private members’ club frequented by David Cameron and Boris Johnson, the 47-year-old venture capitalist struggled to contain a “rush of anxious energy.” He needn’t have worried.
In her book Drinking: A Love Story, Caroline Knapp dedicates an entire chapter (titled, of course, “Sex”) to this troubled combination.
“Almost by definition alcoholics are lousy at relationships,” Knapp writes.
While having many sexual partners does carry increased risks of acquiring any STI, herpes can spread between partners in long-term relationships just as easily, he said.
“Many of the people who may be making jokes about herpes may in fact have it themselves and they are unaware of it,” said Mc Kay.Utterly charmed by Anna, a glamorous 38-year-old PR executive (“She was so stunning I almost knocked over my glass of water”), Jake married her seven months later. Jake had travelled nearly 5,000 kilometres from New York to meet London-based Anna, to whom he was introduced by Seventy-Thirty, a matchmaking service that helps high-net-worth individuals find love, wherever in the world they are based.The couple are typical of this new jet-set dating elite — the super-rich whose lives are so international they don’t see a few oceans as a barrier to true love.While Burke was particularly blunt in his stance, Flames president and CEO Ken King said Burke does not speak for the organization."Brian Burke runs Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames and he and many Calgarians have strong views about this topic," King stated."However, he is not our spokesperson regarding a new events centre for our city.