How do I get past the overtly angry rejection of a love interest?
I am a kind, attractive, accomplished, middle aged woman who was diagnosed with genital herpes over 12 years ago. Since, I've had two long term relationships with men who saw past the virus. Thus, it became a nonentity in our lives.
About 6 weeks ago, I started dating a man who I have fallen hard for. We talked non-stop, had a lot in common, enjoyed each other's company. Last weekend, I told him my news. He was shell shocked but still decided to spend the weekend with me, including protected sex.
However, after the weekend, it was if I never existed. He told me that he cannot get past this news. He said that he wishes I'd never told him, that if something happened, I could have acted as if I didn't know I had the virus. He is not interested in learning more, and has shut me off. I am heartbroken, as I had envisioned a future with this man, and I know that he did the same.
My question is: How can I best move beyond this heartache and feeling that I am less than others? Also, after this experience, I don't know how I'll ever prepare to tell a potential partner again.