Dawson says that when she meets someone, she likes to get her status out of the way pretty early so they're both on the same page and comfortable. "I had been talking to this guy on Tinder for a while, and when it came time to tell him, he was like, ‘Oh, I know, I googled you, I thought your article was awesome and it’s not a big deal at all," she said. "I won't even say 'there's hope' for people who have herpes because that's trite — it's a given that you'll find someone amazing out there."
Dawson says she feels even more safe and mindful of her sexual health now that she knows her status. "People expect that this is closing doors for me, but it's actually making dating a lot more straightforward and easy."