Does Anyone Have Any Positive Experiences About Being Told They Have Herpes?
This might sound like a weird question. I am a sexual health specialist nurse in the UK and I am looking at my skills of giving a herpes diagnosis. I have seen a range of emotional reactions from patients, from matter of fact, to really shocked or upset.
In my experience a patient's reaction partly depends on if they were expecting it, and their previous ideas/ feelings about herpes. However I'm sure that some clinicians (DRs/nurses) are simply better at sensitively telling someone they have herpes than others, so that whilst it may not be the news a patient wants, they feel they got what they needed at the consultation.
There isn't a lot of literature specific to this. So can anyone share positive experiences, and why you thought the nurse/DR was particularly caring/supportive etc...
On a personal note (given that I am asking you to share personal information), I was diagnosed as a teenager with vulvar vestibulitis, a pain condition that only hurts when you have sex, but always hurts when you have sex.
It has a big stigma, I've never really told any of my friends as its too embarrassing, or even my sexual health colleagues ,and only my husband knows about it really. So whilst I can't share a herpes diagnosis experience, I have some insight into a stigmatising sexual long term condition.