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I Have Herpes

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    I came to this site after sleepless nights of

    wandering the Internet while trying to calm my anxieties. It's been a few days since my Herpes diagnosis and I have experienced every emotion known to man. Anger: At myself for being careless with sex At the boy I got it from for neglecting to tell me, even when I ask At...
    BabyBlondeOne BabyBlondeOne 18-21, F 9 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    its been almost 3 years

    since I was diagnosed with HSV-2. I must say the road since that day on has been long and hard, but not impossible because I was able to defeat the impossible in my mind, it was hard to fight long and hard and wake up every morning and remind myself that I am still human and...
    Itslifeman Itslifeman 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 30, 2014

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    Has anyone used ProsurX?

    Comments or thoughts?
    mbrenner1992 mbrenner1992 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    Just found out I have herpes yesterday.

    I'm going through so many emotions. My fiancé cheated on me and contracted it. We have a child together and are still together but I don't know how to deal with it. A part of me wants to hate her. A part of me wants to kill the guy. I feel life is over and I can't live it the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 19

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    I went to the gym today!

    Been over 2 months since I've gone and it felt amazing!! If you want my advice (which clearly everyone does Bc it's the best lol jk) this has helped me: eat better, lots of veggies and fruits, get exercise, journal about it, TELL SOMEONE!, and get so busy with a ahobby or sport...
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 26-30, F May 8

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    I've been talking to a new guy

    for the last couple days, but we haven't had THE talk yet...I'm super nervous because I really like him
    lil0miss0sunshine lil0miss0sunshine 22-25, F 1 Response May 11

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    I found out today that I have herpes.

    I am so devastated. I feel used and dirty. I have researched and learned as much as I could which has kind of helped because I know it can be treated and suppressed. I told my mom right away and she is telling my dad as I just can't face him with this. Is the disgust and...
    mbrenner1992 mbrenner1992 22-25, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Question? If you and your partner

    both have herpes is there anything you really should be precaution too? Like should we worry bout oral sex or what? I just don't know.
    pdm01215 pdm01215 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I have been learning to live with this

    for almost 5 months now. I've came a pretty long way since I found out that I did have the virus. It interfered with my work; I wouldn't get out of bed for weeks. I had been with my boyfriend for almost a year when I found out. It was so hard for me to tell him, especially...
    SB56 SB56 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 21, 2014

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    I Have Herpes and I Am Not Ashamed to Admit That

    I contracted herpes over seven years ago and, as many others, I struggled with the emotional issues, the sense of betrayal, and the depression that often accompanies being diagnosed with this incurable virus. Initially I was completely unaware of online support forums, but...
    JeannieMay JeannieMay 46-50, F 44 Responses Aug 23, 2007

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    The quote goes 'glitter is the herpes of the

    craft world'. Well, can't we all just say we have a sexually transmitted glitter disease? That sounds awesome.
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 26-30, F 2 Responses May 11

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    I Keep Forgetting...lol

    I found out that i had herpes only 4 weeks ago.  The funny thing is, i keep forgetting.  I got the whole itching, burning, blister thing and though it was an allergic reaction to a perfume that i sprayed down there. I went to the doctor to get "checked"...
    prettycarmen prettycarmen 22-25, F 15 Responses Aug 23, 2008

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    I would like to give some positive advice with

    the ones dealing with Herpes! YOUR life is not over! This is not the end! This is actually the beginning! The beginning of a new HEALTHY life! This is the start of seeing life in a different perspective! I will say again, I have come a long way with being ARROGANT which is not...
    iCas92 iCas92 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 20, 2014

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    I just recently found out

    that I contracted HSV-1. I can't believe it. I feel like my whole life is over. Just like every post I read on here, I feel dirty and ashamed of what I am now. My whole life has came crashing down on me with every emotion possible. I worry about how I'm going to be able to...
    JamesMTN JamesMTN 26-30, M 3 Responses Jan 16, 2014

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    When I first had symptoms,

    I was freaking out and searching the internet just like a lot of other people probably did. It was a very bad idea, all it did was make me feel scared and like I ruined my life. I was only 18 at the time. I asked my mom to look at it because I was so scared and she agreed that...
    MRA12 MRA12 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 9

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    My Treatment Experience ---- Staying Positive! No Pun Intended :)

    I was diagnosed in November, 2009. I was very upset and did ridiculous amounts of research, and one thing I found that really stuck with me is that stress management is a major factor in preventing breakouts. I consider myself a pretty positive person, and don't believe I've had...
    Hopesgood Hopesgood 36-40, M 8 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    So Feb 2015 I found out I have herpes HSV2.

    .. since then I have felt depressed, not happy, bad mood, and the list goes on and on. About 2 weeks ago I started a product called Le-Vel Thrive. Since then my mood has changed and I have started working out again. I have had energy like crazy and no crashing (which is amazing...
    pndcdm0614 pndcdm0614 26-30, F a week ago

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    My name is SexyBee1, my story is quite a

    tragedy, i got herpes from my boyfriend, i look for solution every were, but got none, i was depressed and devastated not knowing what to do, until a friend of mine on Google introduce me Dr.Raymond, at first i thought it was fake, until he sent me his herbal medicine, which i...
    sexybee1 sexybee1 31-35, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    a year now with this disaster.

    little by little it sucked all the joy from my life. feels like there is nothing left.
    lilalexi lilalexi 31-35, F 1 Response May 7

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    I've had herpes for almost 6 years now.

    I contracted it while in my first relationship, that's my luck, the first person I had sex with. My first outbreak was terrible. I missed a week of school because it hurt when I was walking and I was an emotional wreck. When I first found out I was so angry. I had never been the...
    radiantorchid radiantorchid 22-25, F 4 Responses May 12

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    I know this sounds a little corny,

    but here goes anyway. I just wanted to say thank you, again, to anyone on this app who said anything reassuring to me after I've been posting about just recently finding out I have herpes. I've only told one person in my life, and even she doesn't really know how to react...
    starrysunlight starrysunlight 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 23

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    It's a little strange writing this right now.

    Surreal really. But I feel that its....necessary with the things that I've read from this group. I've noticed that most all of what I've read was written by females. There is a lot of self depreciation, feelings of disgust, and hurt, blame and shame and pain shared in these...
    sharperthanyoursilence sharperthanyoursilence 31-35, M 11 Responses May 14, 2014

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    Just wanted to vent a bit

    and try to add some positivity to this/my situation. Here I sit, 23 years old, a college graduate, great job, family and friends and (oh by the way I have herpes f***!) Yeah the person I got it from never told me. To be completely honest I can't be completely sure who gave it to...
    macjr91 macjr91 22-25, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    and I feel guilty when I flirt with guys

    or just try to be normal again. I feel like if they knew they would stop talking to me right then and there. I have a lot of work to do on myself but I feel like I shouldn't be allowed to be flirty or act that way. I just feel guilty :(
    extraordinarygirlll extraordinarygirlll 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    so I just found out I have HSV1 i think i got

    when i was a child because i remember always getting coldsores when i was a kid when i would get sick but the doctors says its only oral how would I find out if I have it genital as well will I get a break out or how long do I have to wait to test for hsv 2 as well if I think I...
    luna1088 luna1088 26-30, F 1 Response May 14

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    Risingfromtheashes! (so My Life Isn't Over?)

    4/5/2013 My doctor says you clear for everything except you've been exposed to HSV-2 Gential Herpes, & I thought that my heart would fall into my stomach and out my *** But instead this calming sensation came over me, For one I had a answer, so GOOGLE and GOOGLE IMAGES were no...
    beautifulSTORM beautifulSTORM 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 8, 2013

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    I just called the lab to see

    if results were back. I was told the antibody is back, but the reflex test isn't. Is a reflex test protocol only if testing positive. This has been the longest wait of my life!
    IMLadyMidnite IMLadyMidnite 41-45, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    I dated a guy who was sleeping around with

    other girls and lying about using protection with them. Sadly, I can't be too sure if this is where I got it from or if it was the rebound guy I drunkenly had sex with in a pool at a party. Normally, I'm extremely monogamous but I started seeing myself as someone unworthy of...
    rogue1313 rogue1313 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 6, 2014

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    so how do you get through the constant fear of

    another outbreak? I am constantly checking myself and overly sensitive to every twinge I feel. I am trying not to stress but worry it's so hard not to worry about it. I am on suppressive therapy but I still worry!!
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F 3 Responses May 13

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    I Should Have Known Better

    I was naive and in love with someone I would do anything for. He cheated on me, I forgave him, then I developed an outbreak, something he never had. He chose another person over me and cheated on me with another person. I was torn apart by the relationship that in which all the...
    ScarletStarlet ScarletStarlet 18-21, F 14 Responses Jul 25, 2007

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    so I decided to try Lysine

    as I had read about it online and people here had mentioned taking it. has anyone had stomach cramps and nausea from it? I am trying to figure out if it is causing this.
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    i want every herpes patient to please read my

    testimony, my name is Tee Tee. i was cytomegalo (CMV) positive since 2013 and it affected my life. I would like to advise people on how i get rid of my cytomegalovirus . A friend of mine introduce me to the Doctor that cured her from genital herpes so i contacted him and he...
    teeteebaby teeteebaby 31-35, F 2 Responses May 13

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    I woke up today, looked at myself in the mirror

    and for the first time in weeks I felt truly beautiful. Acceptance is happening within me. I can feel it.
    ryhp ryhp 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 31

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    Found out that my wife has herpes

    and I got tested and I came back positive for type 1. I just miss the physical contact, it lacks as it is cause she doesn't like doing anything with the kids home, but now it seems like it doesn't even exist. Honestly breaks my heart.
    pdm01215 pdm01215 26-30, M 4 Responses May 8

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    I think the person I think I infected 3 weeks

    ago n is feeling symptoms. He just tells me he is not normal n is down. He won't tell Me in detail what's wrong. Once he does what do u think I should do? I know I should I am embarrassed because it came from molestation as a child. I don't want him to know how I got it n that...
    Mefreakedout Mefreakedout 41-45, F 2 Responses May 12

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    I found out I have herpes 2 weeks ago .

    I feel like my life is over . I keep beating my self up over it . I'm very depressed because of it this feeling won't go away . I can't sleep for long . I try and sleep all day when I can sleep . It makes me not wanna go to work. I really just feel like my life won't be the...
    life08 life08 22-25, F 3 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    I Waited Over 10 Years to Tell My Wife

    I have had herpes for about 20 years. I worked in the nightclubs in my 20s, and was pretty promiscuous. Actually, I would have sex with nearly any girl that was pleasant to look at and would let me. I still remember all the emotions that went through me when I had my first...
    justme998 justme998 41-45 21 Responses Oct 7, 2008

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    As you can see in my previous posts,

    I went through a very rough time after finding out that I have herpes. I am happy to say i am not writing this post with watery eyes and a heavy chest. I am okay. As hard as it is, and was (especially right after finding out) I have just started to look at the diagnosis in a...
    senoritax senoritax 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 11, 2014

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    The short of it? Boyfriend willingly chose to

    have sex with me without a condom. After numerous attempts of me reminding him his risks. Even when he, a grown man, made this decision... I am the one left worried and guilt ridden. Why would he take that chance? Why would he put me in that position? If he were to get...
    BabyBlondeOne BabyBlondeOne 18-21, F 9 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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    I got my first outbreak almost two weeks ago

    and though I am still dealing with the emotional side of it every single moment my outbreak is clearing up and I couldn't be happier about that. I wanted to let you all know about this cream I started using down there. I was prescribed this cream about two years ago just because...
    mbrenner1992 mbrenner1992 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    End this damn word. It sounds gross in my mouth

    and makes me feel worse when this really isn't that bad! I say "skin condition" or if I'm pushed, HSV. Screw the other word. There are so much worse things in life. I went to my brothers army graduation shortly after I started having problems. Though I was extremely...
    mbellz424 mbellz424 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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    I was raped and he gave me herpes,

    now I'm with a boyfriend and he wants to have sex but I don't know how to tell him and I don't want him to leave. Help
    claire2811 claire2811 18-21, F 3 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    So the night before last I did the hardest

    thing I've ever done. I've been talking to someone for a few weeks and he was being overly flirty and mildly sexual with his joking. I came out and told him that if rather get this over with now before anything got started and let him know I have herpes. His initial reaction was...
    Kayylinda Kayylinda 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2014

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    So I was just told today

    that I was positive with HSV 2. Pretty scared at the moment. I am having my first outbreak and its already making my anxiety go sky rocket. I am trying to make sense on when I got this horrible disease. I've been having symptoms for a long time.. But these sores didn't appear...
    Kmg1994 Kmg1994 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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    I have herpes, I am not herpes!

    I was diagnosed April of this year and when I first found out I was truly distraught. I had to learn about what I had, what I was in store for, what was going to change throughout my body and after reading and studying what was to happen, that sense of fear was relieved! I...
    iCas92 iCas92 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    I hate this whole thing just

    as much as the rest of you. What I hate even more, though, is reading things on this page like "It could be so much worse. You could have HIV." What the hell, people?! Fun fact: we are 300% more likely to contract HIV than someone without herpes. Additionally, phrases like that...
    runswimbike13 runswimbike13 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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