Post
Experience Project iOS Android Apps | Download EP for your Mobile Device

I Have Herpes

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 1,238 People

    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 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 21, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    so I just saw too little bumps on my labia I am

    freaking out but I'm not sure its it or I'm over looking thing it doesn't hurt when I touch them or anything they are really really small idk if I'm over reacting or not :(
    luna1088 luna1088 26-30, F 5 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    A Story Of My Friend,

    and I think that will help. A few days ago I went into the woman’s health clinic to get some blood drawn. While my culture for herpes came back positive over a month ago, the lab was unable to distinguish between whether it was HSV1 or HSV2. So, they had me back for some blood...
    harryyang1990 harryyang1990 22-25, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel
    heartbroken1053 heartbroken1053 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    You will stop thinking about it

    after a while and it won't rule your life. Don't let something like this control you! I'm only 3.5 months in and I'm dealing with it pretty well. Go on dates, hang with friends and realize that you are still the same person!
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 31-35, F 5 Responses Jun 30

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Dated a guy who also had herpes

    and he just texted me to tell me we aren't compatible and at different points in our life. I felt the same and was gonna break up with him and then he did it. I should be happy but I have a big desire to cry and be sad. I didn't even like him that much. Guess it just hurts to...
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 31-35, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    When you find out that you were missed diagnose.

    I thought I was living with herpes for a year. I never got an officially blood test until this year. When I thought I was having an outbreak it was my first year infection that cause the sores. Yeast infections when at the base of the vagina can cause herpes like sores.
    JanelBell JanelBell 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Was hanging out with a guy

    and he came over and we watched a movie. He started trying to get touchy feely and I told him I didn't want to do anything. He could tell something was bothering me and I started tearing up. He was asking questions like why I was upset and then he goes 'do you have an std?' And...
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 25

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I having a strange pain in my left Lowe back

    towards my spine. I've experienced back pain before because I threw my back out while working in the nursing home and have had problems ever since. However I think I might be experiencing a herpes thing since that's where the virus srays. Sound familiar to anyone? Suggestions...
    Eg9801 Eg9801 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    heartbroken1053 heartbroken1053 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 20

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    so again I'm at the Dr office I can't take it

    anymore I have to know if I was infected with HSV2 I might have been exposed about 4 months ago and ever since then I been having BV and yeast infection and I was never prone to them also the first time I had BV I had some nerve pain on my left thigh and bikini line but when I...
    luna1088 luna1088 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I have hsv1 pretty sure it isn't below

    because nothing honestly resembles a "herpy". Nurse also said below I was supposedly fine. I haven't had an outbreak down there at least. I think I did for sure get a sore on my cheek and it could've been it or a canker sore... I am going to see a guy I have been talking to 5...
    Helpmepleaseee22 Helpmepleaseee22 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 21

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I want anyone who reads this to know

    that being honest with a potential boyfriend or girlfriend is very difficult. But you must do it! I recently started talking to a man who was more than understanding and is very interested in being with me. I never thought it would happen but don't lose hope!
    Eg9801 Eg9801 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 27

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    so I saw the Dr and did a visual test

    and sample a culture and she says she saw a lot of yeast but no herpes but she did send me to test for herpes again and also I got my test results I did after 11 weeks after exposure and got my numbers my hsv 1 igg came out positive at 56.10 and hsv 2 was negative at .73 and hsv...
    luna1088 luna1088 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    If you're online dating,

    when do you tell the other person you have H?
    ilovenewsocks ilovenewsocks 36-40, F 4 Responses a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Does anybody know the stages of herpes?

    I got my first outbreak it's the 6th day and it's very painful
    crystal4673 crystal4673 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 22

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 5 Responses May 12

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I found out about a week ago

    that I have hsv1 and 2. It all started when I went to the dr for what I thought was a UTI. It ended up being chlamydia. After finding out I had chlamydia I opted for a blood test to check for other stds. My heart broke when my dr read off the results. I've had bad acne in my...
    hellokitty255 hellokitty255 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    What are the chances of giving herpes to someone

    who doesn't have it if using a condom?
    AhJp15 AhJp15 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 22

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Did the person that gave you herpes know they

    had it but just didn't bother telling you?
    ilovenewsocks ilovenewsocks 36-40, F 7 Responses Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm so tired of having the herpes talk every

    time I meet a potential date. Repeat, repeat, repeat... :(
    ilovenewsocks ilovenewsocks 36-40, F 3 Responses Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 22 Responses Oct 7, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 2 Responses Jun 29

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 3 Responses Jan 6, 2014

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm over here crying man.

    .. I went to the hospital because I thought I was having an ob. But it was just razor bumps that got rubbed the wrong way by my shorts. The Dr ran a whole bunch of test on me and discovered that I have pid. Which causes infertility because I was exposed to an STD. And we're not...
    Jazmay Jazmay 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I have definitely been trying to get through a

    rough patch. Just when I think everything is back to normal, boom...something else. First I thought I was coming down with a yeast infection (from birth control) Then I started to feel tingling and itching, burning. But nothing has popped up and It has been week. So I am not...
    thenewme85 thenewme85 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    So I've recently found out

    that I have herpes. All in the same week my ex of 7 years tells me he got another girl pregnant and he's leaving me and wants nothing to do with me. Also I tell him I have herpes and I'm 100% sure I got it from him. He refuses to get tested and acts like I got it from someone...
    lifemoveson8 lifemoveson8 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 20

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I have a ? Can you have hsv1 ob on the genitals

    and mouth at the same time? Because when I have problems down there, they seem to go away..when I get a cold sore... Does those happen to anybody else?
    mzunsure mzunsure 26-30 2 Responses 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel