Post

I Have Herpes

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 836 People

    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 38 Responses Aug 23, 2007

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I was diagnosed on Friday

    before walking into work. Tonight is the first time I have had time to really sit here and process what happened to me. I really wish my ex-boyfriend.. Who I broke up with on Friday as well.. Had a little more compassion for me. All he did was accuse me of cheating and getting...
    lllllxo lllllxo 22-25 2 Responses Jan 8

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I had my first outbreak in March of 2013.

    The guy I had been with was messing around with other girls and lied about it. I went to the health department first and got tested...everything came back negative I was so happy. Then the nightmare came back in October, so I went to my personal doctor and got tested again...I...
    93rp 93rp 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 15

    Your Response

    Cancel

    About a year and a half ago i found out

    that i was positive for hsv 1 & hsv 2. (herpes simplex virus). My hole life felt like it was turned up side down, for someone that was careful who the slept with, i was very careful who i was having sex with. I Dated the guy who i got this from the hole time he knew he had it...
    lovefaithhopebelieve lovefaithhopebelieve 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I found out today that I was tested positive

    for the Herpes virus...As my doctor was explaining to me everything over the phone I felt like I could have died right then. I was dating this guy for the past two years who had cheated on me time and time again with his ex. He preached and preached about how I was the one, that...
    fairytale24 fairytale24 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 30

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 2 Responses Jan 11

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I work in a hospital,

    and was pretty offended by something I saw today. Apparent;y it is protocol to put a patient in isolation if they have herpes...I didn't think herpes was that big of a deal.I am pretty disgusted.
    ashleyhsv2 ashleyhsv2 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 6

    Your Response

    Cancel

    A good news to tell all of you,

    the official herpes dating site === www.HerpesWoo.com are very popular recently. It has more than 730 000 members. Most of the members are verified. This site also has professional STD and Herpes counselor, you may ask online directly or check the question and answer. This...
    leslovingJenny leslovingJenny 31-35, F Apr 3

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Well Saturday April 12,

    2014 I woke up feeling great, then I went to take a shower and ahhhh the burning hit me hard. I dismissed it then Sunday I noticed they turned in to little bumps they didn't hurt or itch, but I was worried . I went to an immediate care center that said it could be herpes and I...
    Puttingitbehindme23 Puttingitbehindme23 22-25, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Last night I had the H talk with my boyfriend.

    ...he took it very very well! I am so beyond lucky to have someone like him in my life, I thank God for him everyday because herpes or not he still accepts me for who I am. I only pray that all of you if you haven't already, find someone who accepts you for YOU not your skin...
    LiveLaughLove91 LiveLaughLove91 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 15

    Your Response

    Cancel

    This week I got a bad outbreak

    as well as a yeast infection.I have never felt so uncomfortable,I can't even cross my legs.Has anyone else experienced this???
    ashleyhsv2 ashleyhsv2 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 26

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Herpes... Nothing To Worry About

    So I had my first outbreak shortly after the beginning of this year. The outbreak was intense, mostly because I waited so long to see a doctor. I thought it might be a MRSA breakout, which I have a history of. So I took medicine for MRSA. That didn't help obviously. I went to...
    thewetlands thewetlands 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 17, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Am I the only one that thinks there is a cure

    for herpes and that they just aren't giving it to us? They want us to spend out money of the medicine that really doesn't even work in the first place in my honest opinion. For awhile there I was getting an outbreak every 2-3 months. I've stopped taking the medicine the doctor...
    93rp 93rp 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 7

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I went to the doctors today thinking I had a

    UTI. Got that thought crushed when the doctor told me she was almost 100% sure I have herpes. I waited to have sex until I got married, so who would have ever imagined I would end up with a STD. My husband gets cold sores, and apparently that can spread to me even if he doesn't...
    gdhr1112 gdhr1112 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 20

    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 2 Responses Apr 6

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Positive

    Wow, EP sure has some courageous people. There is such a stigma attached to STD´s that even being anonymous here I still feel like looking over my shoulder or keep wondering if someone will figure out who I am from my profile and experiences. I got herpes from my first...
    Atis Atis 41-45 6 Responses Aug 14, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Will Anyone Be Able To Love Me?

    I am 24 years old and recently diagnosed with hsv-2. It was right before Thanksgiving and my boyfriend at the time was returning from Afghanistan for 2 weeks we hooked up a few times and he went back. It was about a week later and i started noticing red bumps eventually they...
    Gettingtoknowtherealme Gettingtoknowtherealme 22-25, F 5 Responses Sep 26, 2012

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Hello again peoples!!

    Update on the life of a 24 year old with herpes! Ummmm nothing special.. I am very happy, nothing going on.. Dating a great guy who doesn't know but don't feel the need to tell him at this point, it's my choice don't judge me for that it's working well for me so far.. I have...
    Hymelynn Hymelynn 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 17

    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 6

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I was just recently diagnosed with this ugly

    virus and I'm struggling so hard to think positive. My hardest thing to overcome is the fact that people will not view me as the old me but rather a disgusting person who deserved this title. I'm at a loss and I really love everyone's stories. I just need to know people have...
    tg6199 tg6199 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 26

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I got diagnosed like 2 months ago

    and have been on and off Valtrex since then, but mostly on. To sum it up it helped but the sores never went away, then it started getting worse probably due to added stress in my life. Well I started taking cinnamon and garlic supplements which helped a little but not much. I...
    cityboy22 cityboy22 22-25, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

    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 3 Responses Dec 18, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Devastation And Disappointment

    I found out about a month ago I have herpes. I was sick of a really bad UTI that lasted over a month and that's when I had my first outbreak. I don't know if it was UTI or the blisters or both but the pain was unreal I cried every time I had to pee. When I got the blisters I...
    Hymelynn Hymelynn 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 23, 2013

    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 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 16

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I haven't been on here in months,

    I guess as a coping method while avoiding the inevitable. I'm so scared. Im scared of the future. I'm scared of the past. I can't even handle the present. I beat myself up every single day for sleeping with the wrong guy. It should have been different. My path wasn't meant to...
    tea05 tea05 18-21 Apr 4

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I have herpes, I'm so scared

    and I don't even know how to handle this. My boyfriend's so disappointed with me, but even this situation he told me that he still loves me no matter what and nothings gonna change. But the point is we'll never have a baby anymore. It's really hurt because we're dreaming a happy...
    bbgail bbgail 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 23

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My wrist is still painful,

    I cut it with kitchen knife because my boyfriend trying to break up with me. I don't know what i'm going to do, I'm nothing now, I feel so so empty. I thought I'm already dead but i'm still here. I'm still alive :'(
    bbgail bbgail 18-21, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

    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 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 30

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 6 Responses Sep 12, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My neck is sore from my head hanging

    so low. Feels like I always constantly just think about what I have. I'm so down.... When will I get out of this slump
    tg6199 tg6199 18-21, F Mar 27

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Has anyone read about lysine/agrinine having an

    effect on herpes outbreaks? I've read into it and they say you should balance them out...because they are both amino acids if you eat food high in agrinine you should eat food high in lysine bc they say agrinine is like a building block for the virus...if anyone has found this...
    LiveLaughLove91 LiveLaughLove91 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 20

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Ummm Is This A Joke..

    Okay so I'm 20 years old only had 3 partners in my entire life like ever .! So I went to the dr for a normal pap and to clear a bladder infection which turned into them asking if I wanted to be tested so me being me I said sure why did I do that turns out I have herpes and hep B...
    Pure2pretty Pure2pretty 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 23, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    It's Only a Little H

    As someone who's lived with this over 15 years I speak from experience.  I know that being diagnosed with herpes is devastating to many; it certainly was to me.  Shortly after learning I was infected I got involved with a support group in NYC and it was...
    think2much think2much 46-50, M 6 Responses May 16, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Unlucky.

    My whole life i've known people who have casual sex.  I know girls who are freshman in high school, and have slept with 10 guys.  i know guys who are 18, that have slept with 35 girls.  They are all clean.  I waited until i was 18 years old.  I was in...
    scared2live scared2live 18-21, F 9 Responses Mar 28, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    So it's been about 2 weeks

    since my HSV2 diagnosis. My boyfriend tested negative and is very skeptical of me now. But all in all I'm feeling positive. I don't believe the hype of having it my whole life. And if he can't love me even tho I was upfront and honest with him, than he's just missed out. I spent...
    Muet42 Muet42 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 21, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Soooooo I met someone yesterday

    and am FREAKING OUT! I know I probably shouldn't but I can't help but think about my situation and being rejected because of it. I want so badly to just be happy but am finding a difficult time convincing myself that anyone will accept this. I know there is supposed to be...
    BrandNewOne BrandNewOne 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 20

    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 21-25, F 15 Responses Jul 25, 2007

    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 17 Responses Oct 7, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Can anyone with personal stories

    or facts or advice message me I want to protect my bf but we don't want to keep using condoms
    kayellebe kayellebe 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 22

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Pretty soon, it will be a full year

    that has passed since I was diagnosed with herpes. The most ****** up part is, I don't know exactly what I have. Is it HSV-1 or HSV-2?? I have it genitally, and haven't had an outbreak since last July. I always thought that HSV-1 was oral.. Oh, and the reason why I don't know...
    mooniee mooniee 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm having a really bad day.

    . I feel like no one will ever love me again with this ******* curse . I've tried so hard to tell myself it's going to be ok but it doesn't feel ok it feels terrible . I just wish I had a guy my age to tell me that even with this I'm still lovable, I'm still attractive, I can...
    MixedEmotions22114 MixedEmotions22114 16-17, F 4 Responses Mar 17

    Your Response

    Cancel

    My Hurtful Memory

    It was pretty screwed up how I got genital herpes but when you don't use protection even with the one you think that you can trust herpes can be one of the less severe outcomes. I was eighteen at the time and I was in a relationship with a man of whom I had know for a few years...
    funnyceecee29 funnyceecee29 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 18, 2012

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I found out last summer,

    I felt like my life was over me and my bf broke up and I had got with someone else and they had given me it. Most of the time I don't even know what to do I feel like I can never be with anyone again and never be happy, I've tried dating again and I just can't bring myself to...
    cand22 cand22 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 24

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm pushing myself to be strong.

    I know this is not the end of the world. :'(( I'm so so tired thinking about everything:'((
    bbgail bbgail 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24

    Your Response

    Cancel

    If I Only Knew

    I was only 17 when I found out. I never thought it would happen to me but it did but how? I trusted him, I was faithful, we was suppose to get married. I was young, dumb and in love. So when he told me the bump I saw was just an pimple on his penis I believed him. Man was I wrong...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Jul 3, 2007

    Your Response

    Cancel

    The hardest thing about having something

    that makes you feel less desirable is you will start to believe you are. I found my mate when i was only 15 years old. I had only been with 3 people prior. I loved her from the first moment I saw here and not a day goes by that i don't think about her. we were high school...
    madi10 madi10 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 31

    Your Response

    Cancel

    i have been having herpes

    for almost three years now and today it came out once again. doing these times I tend to get really down when honestly I don't have too. I got it from my ex boyfriend of 5 years and he knew that the woman had herpes. he just didn't care about me that much obviously and himself...
    anonymous0504 anonymous0504 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    7/1/11

    I found out I had Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 genitally on July 1, 2011. It was really emotional for me for the longest time. I had no idea who I got it from, and to this day I still do not know, although I have a good idea. Of course, he was the one who denied he had it and...
    Amay408 Amay408 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 3, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I'm new here, and was diagnosed last summer.

    My ex gave me herpes. I have recently reconnected with someone and I feel this could lead to a lasting relationship. We are meeting up for the first time really soon. It's been almost 10 years since we've seen one another. Should I tell him upon our first meeting or wait to see...
    missteen2 missteen2 36-40, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel

    It Can Happen To Anyone!

    Ok so I am 23 years old..Herpes can remain in your system for years and even forever and you may never experience an outbreak...for others they experience an outbreak, and the first year is pretty bad, but as time goes by it lessens...to the point that you wont have it anymore...
    asdf45679 asdf45679 22-25 3 Responses May 4, 2012

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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 4 Responses Jan 21

    Your Response

    Cancel

    So You Found Out You Have Herpes... Advice Just For You.

    So you just got the results. You have HSV. Right now you are probably feeling alone... Ashamed... Dirty. You are a prisoner in your own body.But please listen when I tell you (coming from experience): There is hope. You can be happy again. Your life is not over.First, let me...
    babybunnyblah babybunnyblah 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 22, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Wrapping My Mind Around Everything.

    So if you've read my previous story, there's a 90% chance that I have Genital Herpes. It's been really rough for me to deal with, I mean, c'mon, I'm a 19 year old kid. But I've been obsessively thinking about it like it's a bad thing. I mean, herpes isn't a good thing, but it's...
    z0mbab3 z0mbab3 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 28, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    I just survived my first herpes outbreak.

    Barely. The pain was unbearable and put it together with a severe uti...I wanted to die. Right now I'm feeling very scared and uncertain of the future. I've apparently had this virus for a while, but was lucky enough to only have minor symptoms until now. I'm married and my...
    staystronglivelong29 staystronglivelong29 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 1

    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 14 Responses Aug 23, 2008

    Your Response

    Cancel

    It Was the Last Thing I Thought It Would Be

    Last year in the spring into the summer, I had gotten very sick. I always felt like I had no energy, I felt like I had the flu, I had a really bad cough, and eventually a very high fever that was accompanied by very cold chills. I started to get so cold I was walking around with...
    sweetnightmare sweetnightmare 26-30, F 7 Responses Oct 26, 2007

    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