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I Have Herpes

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    since getting it a few months ago I have

    realized that its more of an inconvenience than anything else I dont like using the word "death sentence" because herpes is farrrrrrrr from that its something u live with just like a cold or the flu...Its society that makes it sound sooo bad when it really isnt
    brihappy24 brihappy24 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 20, 2014

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    Found out today I have herpes

    and I am so scared. Its hard not to be depressed and keep thinking about it. I have a lot of support from my family and 2 of my friends but its so hard tryna figure out how I go to this point in my life. I just need someone to talk to who knows what im going through.
    journeylong journeylong 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 18

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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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    Just found out hours ago

    that I have herpes, and I'm so ashamed of myself. I'm also really angry, sad, and confused. I'm so afraid that I'll never be accepted by family or a lover.
    Tdolla2014 Tdolla2014 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 24

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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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    just a silly thing but a milestone.

    ...I fixed my hair for the 1st time since this all started. the stress is a lot to bear but I can't let it destroy my life...
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F Apr 21

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    I got the blood work results finally

    after a week of wait and anxuse well I have hsv type 1 general herpes not the best of news but defenetly puts me at peace with my mind and self n it defenetly put my anxiety levels down
    livelife91 livelife91 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 27

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    Okay so, a few things I want to talk about.

    I have made peace with this disease more quickly than most people. I was diagnosed with genital hsv1 on February 6, 2015. I truly felt as though this disease was going to change my life forever...but it hasn't. I had been talking to a guy whom I really liked and when we started...
    lil0miss0sunshine lil0miss0sunshine 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 19

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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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    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 3 Responses Oct 20, 2014

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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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    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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    guess who got a cold sore today!

    !??! yup, it's me :( i've been taking my pills almost regularly... i skipped sunday and i thought it would be fine because i didn't feel anything but then i wake up this morning, take my pill like normal, then on the drive to school i feel it... and i think... ****. why. plz no...
    daydreamer27 daydreamer27 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    any one else feel run down

    or like **** after being in the sun to long? I read it causes triggers to a outbreak or can cause symptoms..
    livelife91 livelife91 22-25, M 2 Responses 4 days 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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    hi anyone here positive with almost no symptoms?

    partner has it and i don't. we sleep together everyday, protected and not... i get funny looking spots on my inner thigh. .. well 1 at a time and have a few more smaller pimple like spots here and there that i never used to... could these be symptoms? anyone?
    fatboyfun fatboyfun 36-40, M 8 Responses Apr 20

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    What more is there to say.

    .. I have HSV2 (genital), diagnosed almost 3 years ago and still ultimately struggle with this. I am currently in a relationship, which luckily understands my situation as best as she possibly can without fully knowing the real struggle. But my story as far as getting it may be a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 26

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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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    Omg second outbreak, it's

    so much less worse! I have one sore and it was a little tingly before. If this is all it is, this is laughable and hardly worth being upset about. I could barely walk last time and now it's hardly noticeable. Not thrilled that I got another one so quickly but honestly, there's...
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 26-30, F 1 Response a week 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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    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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    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 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 25

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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 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 43 Responses Aug 23, 2007

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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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    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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    I was diagnosed with HSV in December of last

    year. I was scared, and reacted in the absolute worst way possible (endless tears, tantrums, and having visions of killing my fiancé...jk, sort of). Thinking back, I'm kind of embarrassed. I honestly acted like I had some sort of terminal illness. Due to the stress of starting...
    QuietChristi QuietChristi 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 3, 2014

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    How do I tell my boyfriend I have HSV2?

    ? We have been in a long distance relationship since June of 2014. We have slept together. I found out 7 months after we slept together I have HSV2 BC I got an outbreak. I talk to him every day one the phone. I am not sure if this something that should be done over the phone or...
    pndcdm0614 pndcdm0614 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 19

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    I hate how I get there small headaches

    but the pain is sharp once in a while and I'll feel dizzy as well :/
    livelife91 livelife91 22-25, M a week ago

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    When you have an OB and it burns to pee,

    do you also have blood in your urine?
    spring3876 spring3876 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 23

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    itching as an outbreak heals?

    anyone ever hear of/have this? I suspect just like any skin wound it itches as the skin is healing but anyone have this?
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 22

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    Having a really hard day today,

    pain is a 10 and feeling so depressed. I want to be ok but can't come to terms with this. I don't know how to feel with this.....
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F 8 Responses Apr 19

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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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    Crystalbaby90 Crystalbaby90 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 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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    I am truly freaking out.

    I didn't sleep with this person but we fondled each other. I was drinking so I'm not sure if we touched each other then touched ourselves in the process. But fast forward to the next day, I feel an outbreak coming on. I am freaked out that I may have infected him. I'm scared on...
    Mefreakedout Mefreakedout 41-45, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I guess this morning is not a good one

    so far didn't even sleep right cause of a head ache and to top it of I feel like I'm in a negative/depressed mood, hope I snap out of this....every thing was going good I was in a positive happy mood idk if herpes is why I'm like this but its a struggle.....
    livelife91 livelife91 22-25, M 3 Responses Apr 22

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    does anyone get the burning sensation on there

    low back? it's a weird almost itchy feeling
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 20

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    I haven't been diagnosed just yet

    but I've been getting a rash drs say its a yeast infection called vaginitis bacterial it went away for a couple of days and came back when I got my period again and both times I got the rash I would get a burning sensation on my hip that would wake me up in the morning and it...
    luna1088 luna1088 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 25

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    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 23

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    how long does it take to feel normal down there

    again? things are healing but I am still uncomfortable.
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F Apr 24

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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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    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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    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 10 Responses May 14, 2014

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    it kind of hard to find somebody

    when you have herpes. I might have messed up and missed a good one who knows. I was willing to sacrifice everything job, house, family (mom and dad and siblings not wife and kids), my comfort zone and move to be with her to be happy. but I was discouraged when I found out she...
    carlitos95127 carlitos95127 31-35 4 Responses Apr 21

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    I hate how millions and millions of people have

    it but u still feel so alone. Yes iv met so many awesome people on here thanks guys u have been the best....but it just seems like the people I know surely I'm the only one. Everyone looks so happy and in relationships. Why is this still such a big deal to me....is it ever going...
    extraordinarygirlll extraordinarygirlll 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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