A ‘traumatized’ man has spoken out about his ordeal and insisted he should be well-compensated after allegedly contracting herpes while kissing a woman on their first date.
45-year-old personal trainer Martin Ashley Conway from London has been pursuing legal action against Jovanna Lovelace ever since he caught a cold sore following their first date.
As Mr. Conway believes, his date was “negligent” and failed to inform him about her condition before the two started kissing despite having a “moral, ethical and legal duty” to do so.
According to Conway, he began developing herpes simplex symptoms days after their date and was rushed to the hospital following a panic attack and flu-like symptoms.
In addition, the man insisted he signed up for $125k therapy that will take place over the span of more than thirty years in order to help him recover from the trauma he experienced.
In his lawsuit, Conway is asking for a $170k compensation based on the grounds that his date failed to inform him about her condition and therefore passed it onto him without his knowledge or approval.
“I met the respondent in May 2019 and we communicated daily and this developed into an emotional and romantic relationship. On 4th July 2019, the respondent invited me to an evening out. The respondent met me in central London and we kissed,” Conway wrote in his claims form.
“Later that evening after sharing intimate kisses already she informed me, as her makeup was coming off, that she had a cold sore.
“I had no knowledge of cold sores having never been infected with them before (and) was not aware of the contagious nature of cold sores.”
According to the 45-year-old, he began experiencing unpleasant symptoms days after the date when ulcers started appearing in his mouth and he found it hard to eat.
After being rushed to the hospital, he was diagnosed with herpes simplex and sent back home with medication.
Days later, Conway was once again rushed to the hospital after suffering from a panic attack upon seeing more ulcers appear in his mouth.
“I have suffered from depression in the past and I fear that I will need regular psychological support to manage the added psychological burden caused by the nature of the infection which has been given to me,” he added.
“… I feel traumatized by the sudden reduction to my quality of life caused by the physical infection and the knowledge of the psychological vulnerability it imposes on me and am devastated that this infection can endanger my ability to perform in both my current and future career paths.”
As Conway explained, he has signed up for therapy sessions for more than thirty years to combat the effects of the life-long infection on his quality of life.
He is also fighting for a $170k compensation from Jovanna who denied any liability and called Conway’s action “frivolous and vexatious.”
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