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I Have Herpes

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    7/29/15 was the day I found out I had herpes.

    It was last week Tuesday when I started to feel ill and had extreme pain. I went to my local urgent care. My doctor asked a few questions and only took a quick look and said I had a yeast infection. She gave me pills and I went to the drugstore to pick up a topical cream. The...
    219Rose 219Rose 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    Since being diagnosed over a week ago

    and finally over my first outbreak this whole journey has been extremely hard. I pushed people away, I let my self esteem stoop to a dangerously low level and I can't seem to bring myself back up. My partner knows of my diagnosis. He accepts me and says he won't leave...
    pandapirate20 pandapirate20 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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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 31-35, F May 8

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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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    so at school I started a sex education class ,

    talk about social suicide ! but people need to know because the only reason they tease or laugh about it, because they lack knowledge.
    Crystalbaby90 Crystalbaby90 16-17, F Aug 20

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    It's really amazing that am cured of HERPES by

    a herbal medication. Oh is by this time last year I start feeling bad about my life, I feel pain everyday of my life but am very happy now that am really cured. I was searching the internet about this sickness last months when I found about a herbal doctor(dr.IDOGEI) who has a...
    TEGA32 TEGA32 26-30 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have herpes type 2.

    I have had it for 7 years now, at first during the first year i use to work as a fast food worker so i use sweat alot and that caused me to outbreak something shocking (im talking about monster blisters in the intimate are!) i still get tiny ones every now and then but i find if...
    Nekomeows Nekomeows 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 25

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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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    tonight, I read a comment from someone about

    how she truly believes everything happens for a reason, even if it might be hard to understand what reason hsv might have. And tonight, I can say I completely agree with her. I am positive for hsv and hpv. And I am not ashamed of this. it is an inconvenience at most, it really...
    PurpleFlyingKites PurpleFlyingKites 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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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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    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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    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 6 Responses May 12

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    I had sex with the guy

    who gave me herpes yesterday. I don't regret it, but I needed to tell someone. He doesn't know he gave me it though. It's been over a year..
    tansontans tansontans 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 17

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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 5 Responses Mar 23

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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 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    This is the hardest thing i've ever had to go

    through. I was diagnosed about a month ago after having my first outbreak. I noticed the bumps and tried to brush them off at first, but they only got worse, soon enough i was in agonizing pain crying my eyes out wondering what the hell was going on with my body. I looked up all...
    lostinthetranslation lostinthetranslation 18-21, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    It's been a year since I found out I have herpes

    and about 6 months since I had a out break. I feel so dirty right now and it's bring back those bad thoughts. I really hate my life and wish I was normal but I'm not
    Tiffany012 Tiffany012 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 25

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    Did anyone else's self esteem just hit rock

    bottom when you found out you have herpes? Mine is currently and I just can't seem to pick myself up.
    pandapirate20 pandapirate20 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Confession Was diagnosed with hsv1

    but I often have breakouts on my genitals. I haven't had a break out in a while (knock on wood) despite my bad eating habits. I'm a very sexual person, I love one night stands and being sensual. Lately I don't have the heart or courage or decency to tell anyone that I have...
    SensationalAnonymity SensationalAnonymity 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    I found out I have Herpes in January,

    I am so Angry at the person who gave it to me because I found out she she had had it for years plus has infected many others before me. I feel like my life is over and I WILL NEVER DATE AGAIN.
    valleynovascotia valleynovascotia 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 26

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    When you squeeze an orange,

    you'll always get orange juice to come out. What comes out is what's inside. The same logic applies to you. When someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, or says something unflattering or critical, and out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, tension, depression, or...
    ImJustANobody ImJustANobody 26-30, M 4 Responses Apr 26, 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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    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 31-35, M 3 Responses Mar 30, 2014

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    I been surprised how many people

    so understanding, don't be afraid to accept it.
    Crystalbaby90 Crystalbaby90 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 20

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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 3 Responses Apr 6, 2014

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    So I told my significant other And I've never

    felt more loved. He didn't even hesitate to tell me it was going to be ok. I couldn't even believe it. How could he be so calm? How is he not disgusted with me? he still has to get tested, but he told me no matter what I was his girl and I would have to try a lot harder to get...
    whyme77 whyme77 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 26

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    I wish I would wake up from this terrible

    nightmare called herpes been almost a year and it hasn't gotten any easier all because this stupid girl wanted to give it to me.
    valleynovascotia valleynovascotia 26-30, M 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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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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    I'm always having discharge.

    Idk what causes it but it's too frequent to be normal
    CrazyDaisyeee CrazyDaisyeee 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day 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 4 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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    since I been sick and my immune system is low,

    I broke out in blisters. my second time breaking out in these blisters, and they are not confined to the genital area, either. they are on other regions of the body. a few years ago, my ex boyfriend had herpes. so, i went to the dr. and he did a blood test that showed exposure...
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 Aug 27

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    I fell in love... and just

    after got sores.... I got extremely high fevers and pain as well. but with this all being said I'm still waiting for my test results praying to God that its not exactly what I know it is. I don't know how or where I got it.... all I know is I'm damaged goods. All I wanted in...
    nomorepain898 nomorepain898 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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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 45 Responses Aug 23, 2007

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    apparently I have herpes of some form,

    cuz I take valtrex....oh well....I! not stressing over it
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 5 days ago

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    I've had herpes for a year

    and a half now and I am having a hard time dealing with it. I got it from my boyfriend who had no idea that he had it and has no outbreaks so I feel very alone and gross.
    lotus47 lotus47 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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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 10 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    HipsterYoda HipsterYoda 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 17

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    I have been thinking about this a lot lately.

    Every time I read about "disclosure" I get a bad taste in my mouth. It just seems like such a negative term, one that creates a sense of shame in us that we shouldn't have. I do overthink things, but I studied gender politics in university and one thing frequently discussed was...
    Sadkitten8 Sadkitten8 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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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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    Last week I tested positive

    for HSV1 and HSV2. My ex-boyfriend let me know he had it for 15 years. I guess it was a parting gift. He dropped the knowledge on me the night we broke up. What a jerk right? He gave the whole "I didn''t want to lose you" excuse. I don't hate him. I am just disappointed and...
    annab01 annab01 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 29

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    just beable to read and talk about my herpes on

    this site has been so therapeutic for me. i just wanna thank everybody who shares and encourage the people who are to shy to share to voice up because it really does help. there are so many others on the same situation and you shouldn't have to be alone like i was for so long...
    baracuda89 baracuda89 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I've been taking olive leaf extract

    and oregano oil and AHCC everyday, and I take no meds to control my symptoms. The first four months were BRUTAL for me, but I have been OB free for over a month and I really believe these supplements are helping tremendously. One reason I think so is Bc I started to feel sick...
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 18

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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 was just diagnosed with herpes last night

    and I'm having a very hard time dealing with it. My self esteem is so low and I can't seem to being myself back up. It's like a dark cloud just looking over me with a big sign on it saying I have herpes. I don't want to tell my family, my boyfriend also knows and thinks he may...
    pandapirate20 pandapirate20 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 23

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