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    Happy New year everyone!

    ! We got this!
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F Jan 1

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    This groups awesome! :) Just to let you all know

    since joining experience project and hearing others talk about there experience with HSV has helped me a-lot. Most of you seem really cool! So don't let this **** get you down okay!
    DrewLikesToCuddle DrewLikesToCuddle 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 23

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    I fell in love, got pregnant,

    had an abortion because he was so incredibly distraught and i felt like I was destroying his life. Afterwards, he left me for the most part, i slept with him one more time and he had been with someone else and now I have herpes. The worst part is he doesn't think it was him and...
    feelingIsolated0 feelingIsolated0 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 5, 2015

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    I caught the bug back in 1985

    and I thought my life was over. I got my **** together, married a wonderfull lady and am blessed with two beautifull children and have a wonderfull life. So step (1)...don't let the virus define you and this will enable you to move forward with your life.
    anthony1959 anthony1959 56-60, M 4 Responses Nov 24, 2015

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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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    In November my husband gave me genital hsv-1

    from a cold sore on his lips. Then about a month and a half later he was diagnosed with shingles! I haven't had another outbreak since my first one. (Thank goodness) Im happy I've been able to make light of a horrible situation. I'm not so sensitive about the mention of herpes...
    keepingmyfaith keepingmyfaith 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 20

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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, 2015

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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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    Hey guys I recently told one of my best

    friends about my and my diagnosis (who is a guy!) I asked his opinion purely because he was a friend and I wanted to hear a guys perspective. He was very reassuring to begin with and then became very judgmental. I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced this when telling...
    susieh92 susieh92 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 17, 2015

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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 I have panicked a million times thinking I

    was having an outbreak. I know now I wasn't. Experiencing my 2nd outbreak. Not quite as bad but still very uncomfortable. It's been 8 months since my first so feeling very lucky it's been this long. I am going through many of the emotions again but this time I know I am going...
    letgo811 letgo811 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 21, 2015

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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 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 4 Responses Jan 16, 2014

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    I an strongly considering getting

    even with the girl who knowingly gave me herpes and hpv. I feel like beating the **** out of her or getting someone too as bad as this sounds she lured me in and pressured me into habnging out with her and infects me with these incurable illnesses. Then in the end says she doesn...
    valleynovascotia valleynovascotia 31-35, M 9 Responses Jan 8

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    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 5 Responses Jul 28, 2015

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    So who is a fan of winter?

    what do you like about it? haha I had a date to go skating today and she no showed.. So I skated by myself ate pizza and had a snowball fight with another guy.. :D
    DrewLikesToCuddle DrewLikesToCuddle 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 7

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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 6 Responses Jan 9, 2015

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    Update from yesterday.

    ....guy calls me back and we talk for 4 hours. Apparently, it doesn't bother him in the slightest. Makes me want to tell even more people
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 7, 2015

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    Today I was diagnosed with herpes

    and im devastated. I can't believe this is happening to me. I have a four year old daughter....I feel terrible. I am aware of the facts- they are just cold sores on your genitals and there are lots of people infected who just don't show the signs. But wow. I am broken. I need...
    Aihposvel Aihposvel 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 18, 2015

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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 23 Responses Oct 7, 2008

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    I don't know how I feel about herpes anymore.

    I've dated 2 guys from dating sites with it, and it was awesome to be with someone without having 'the talk' bc they had it too. An ex and I started talking again recently and I ended up telling him and he said that it's not a big deal and he still wants to be with me. I barely...
    Redvelvet58 Redvelvet58 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 26, 2015

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    I think my fiance caught it :( :( I have hsv1

    (which he has known about since before we became sexually active) and now he has what looks to be the starting of 2 little sores on the head of his penis just outside of his urethra. I feel bad knowing I gave it to him even though he knew the risk
    lil0miss0sunshine lil0miss0sunshine 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 4

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    Why are people so bothered by it?

    I feel nasty an like a ****** person. I don't want anyone else to catch it from me.
    greekbeauty23 greekbeauty23 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 7, 2015

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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 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 25, 2015

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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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    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 4 Responses Jun 29, 2015

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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, 2015

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    CrazyDaisyeee CrazyDaisyeee 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 8, 2015

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    Question for the guys.

    My guy was asking on what to look for if he had an OB coming. Well I'm pretty learned/experienced at this point but do not happen to have a penis so this one is outside of my anatomy for any personal reference. We're in a new relationship & I told him I was positive. The...
    2n2iz4 2n2iz4 51-55, F 3 Responses Dec 18, 2015

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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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    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, 2015

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    did anyone else feel destroyed.

    .nasty...wanted to stay in bed for the rest of your life...not talk to anyone or see anyone..feel like everyones staring at you...im just so heartbroken..
    kenzielynILY kenzielynILY 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2015

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    I was diagnosed with hsv type 2 October 2014.

    I had gotten them from my boyfriend and he swore he had no idea. a month later he dumped me and I haven't heard from him since. living with hsv type 2 is hard but dealing with it all alone is even harder. I was 15 when I was diagnosed and it felt like the world was ending. for...
    lowkeydv lowkeydv 16-17, F 7 Responses Jan 22

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    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, 2015

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    Herpes is killing me I almost died the other

    night I got pissed loaded and ate a bottle of Ativan. And passed out in a snowbank luckily this wasin't even a suicide attempt its just what having hpv and herpes has led me to do, and im not advocating anone to try and kill themselves cause its wrong , but its just my own...
    valleynovascotia valleynovascotia 31-35, M 3 Responses Jan 16

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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, 2015

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    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, 2015

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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 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, 2015

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    Hi! Does anyone have any information on the

    National Guards rules on stds. My ex and I are thinking about getting back together and then only thing that is stopping us is the chance that he would be discharged from the National Guard if he does catch it.
    han5683 han5683 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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    I just found I have oral herpes

    and it sucks. I feel like killing myself. I just cant take it anymore. Im 22 and from the Philippines. Anybody here from the Philippines?
    candyswirl888 candyswirl888 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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    Sorry but having HERPES is a LIFE CURSE.

    It never "gets better with time". THAT, is a MYTH. No sane woman, WANTS this..Pain, broken heart, OB'S, Med's, Stigma...I have had this for over 30 YEARS. I "look" younger than my age, I work out, yet ZERO LOVE LIFE. Only others with HERPES.."MAY" want be with you, but how...
    DEADwithH DEADwithH 56-60, M 5 Responses Jan 28

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    charlesflorence charlesflorence 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 16

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    a couple months ago I fell in love with a guy,

    but turns out he already fell in love with a girl that he had been with for 3 years. so I was basically a "side chick".. but not only did he give me a broken heart. he also gave me herpes and there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about it. I've been through worse...
    yosarahliese yosarahliese 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 5

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    I am happy most days

    even though I have herpes. But I still wish I could be rid of it. It is one thing to meet someone I am really crushing on. I either have to walk away or have the talk and hope he accepts me. So rough
    VanessaIves VanessaIves 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 29

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