I found out afterwards he was desperate to experience sex without a condom again. I felt dirty and contaminated and disgusted with myself.That far into our relationship it didn't occur to me that he might have herpes.'Almost immediately, Jessica experienced the stigma that can be attached to the disease. He told me [wrongly] that I couldn't share soap or towels with my children. When I started dating again I realised that this kind of ignorance was everywhere.For this, the scheme has been nominated in the Commitment to Widening Participation category of The Guardian University Awards.In the most run-down areas of the city and Oxfordshire these courses are encouraging adults into education.
The Brookes Bridges project runs 22 free adult education taster courses in community centres and colleges around Oxfordshire.People were like, "Oh, my God, I don't want [to date] one of them." I felt nobody wanted to touch me.It was like having leprosy.'Now 51, Jessica is single again, having spent 15 years dating with herpes.“The beauty of it is that they are run in these communities where people want them.“The students change as their confidence builds and they start to play an important role in their community.” Nazar Yousif was one student to reap the rewards of the project.