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Dating With Herpes and Working Through It 
I have had antibodies for herpes for over 20 years, but only recently had my first outbreak. I had been diagnosed with HSV 2 two years ago. I was terrified …

Can't Be Mad 
Firstly, did you know you can get HSV-1 on your junk? Yeah neither did I. My boyfriend at the time, who is now my hubby, had a cold sore. Honestly …

Life's Way Too Short 
I found out one month ago that I have Herpes which I caught from a guy I met on holiday - yes I was drunk & very stupid! I had never done anything like …

18 and Living 
I was diagnosed with this disease about 3 weeks ago. When I first realized I had it, without having already being diagnosed I had break downs everyday. …

Blessings are Anew Every Morning 
This past June I found out that I carried the virus for hsv-2. The key word is CARRY the virus. How you frame this virus makes the world of difference. …

Shock of My Life!!! 
It started when I went to the doctor for some irritation. I explained how I would have this break out like once or twice a year. So my doctor asked …

And Life Goes On.. 
It was June 2014 and life had just seemed to start for me, my boyfriend and I were starting the summer together after being on and off for about a year …

4 Years Later; Still Scared But Keep On Going 
Hello Everyone, I was dating whom I thought was the love of my life, about 4 years ago and he turned out to be my worst nightmare come true. He was …

Lonely, But Okay 
This isn't so much a success story as it is a little encouragement and education as to the minimal risks involved after a long time of having this...inconvenience. …

Not The Way I Wanted To Start Senior Year 
I was 17; summer before my senior year. Me & my boyfriend of 3 years broke up a few months before & it was hard- I was looking for the wrong attention …

The unknown.... 
Dear Gary, Thank you so much for sharing your story! I feel how much soul-searching you've done, and I was truly inspired reading it. I don't know …

There Is Hope 
I was devastated, this thing just kept getting crazier. I felt so out of control. heck, I WAS out of control before this happened. spinning out, trying …

Recently Broken Up with Herpes Partner  
Exactly two years and 10 days ago I met a person that I thought would be my husband. Our story was always something I loved, but I am now regretting a …

How to tell the person you love 
I got diagnosed last week. First outbreak I would never wish that pain onto anyone. But that's not what I was worried about, I have been dating the love …

Living with Herpes-2...I mean LIVING 
Hi everyone...I have HSV-2 and I share my story because I want to give hope and take a little weight off your shoulders. I found out I am living with …

Take charge :)  
Hello, I thought I would put this story out into the webverse because there is so much fear out there and I found myself being bogged down with other …

Still Coping but will never let it beat me down 
I am a 33 year old female who was diagnosed with HSV-2 about 6 months ago. That being said it has been a pretty devastating thing in my life. I have outbreaks …

Madly in Love  
I actually wrote on here for advice a little over a year ago. I was nervous, scared, a wreck. I actually just read the post and it made me smile thinking …

Patience and Honesty has Paid Off 
Reading through blogs all you hear are horror stories surrounding herpes, glad to contribute to the brighter side of the storm. I contracted the genital …

Without a Clue 
I am a single mother of five and now I have a granddaughter. I was diagnosed 3 years ago. I kept having unusual bumps that would appear each month before …

Finding Peace 
I am a 22 year old mom who recently found out that I have herpes (9 months ago). I am still in a spot where I feel ashamed but I am learning to cope. …

Please Read This Success Story 
Hi :) My name is Jody and I am 23 years old, I have been HSV 2 positive for nearly a year now. When I first found out my world came crashing down, not …

Saying Goodbye To My Old Life and Embracing My New One With H 
I'm 43 years old. Been married once, divorced and spent the past 7 years living a good life. Single (again), dating like crazy, great job, happy, money …

Happy To Be Alive 
I contacted herpes around the age of 19. When I went to the doctor, he said “you have blisters from wearing tight jeans. It was the late 70's and early …

Comfort 
A few months ago, I got engaged to a wonderful, educated, funny, and caring man. When our relationship started three years ago, I was surprised every …

I've Got It and I'm a Scientist 
I'm a scientist, specifically a chemist, and I have it. I'm writing this now currently while in the tail-end of a recent outbreak. I haven't had an …

Mom of 9 - Living with HSV-2 for 22 Years and Happy! 
I caught HSV at the age of 19 -- I remember crying when the STD recording that I was listening to (after my diagnosis) informed me that a woman with HSV2 …

Keep Hope Alive 
I caught genital herpes from my boyfriend last summer. He swore he never cheated and it wasn't him that gave it to me but I recently found out he has …

Living Quality Life with Herpes of 2.5 Years Old 
Hi Every One... I got this disease HSV-2 about 2.5 years back. I was 26 when I got this, I am a boy. It’s not my fault nor hers because I was unknown …

Everything Happens for a Reason 
I really hate anonymous blogs but one of my friends thinks that my story could help certain people in similar situations, which is why I am typing it. …

Short and Simple 
I was the type of girl that was, what some people call it, 'wild'. I never, ever thought it would happen to me, I was wrong. Who knows who I got it from, …

Just a Little "bump" In The Road 
At 21 and in college, I contracted genital herpes from a guy I was dating who guilted me into not using a condom. I had a horrible first outbreak and …

Just Diagnosed & Having "The Talk" with My New Partner 
It was just two weeks ago, the week of Christmas actually, that I started feeling symptoms. At first I had thought I awkwardly scratched myself, but the …

Happy with Herpes and Everything Else in Life 
I have just hit 50 and fairly recently been diagnosed with having genital herpes but never been happier. It doesn't have to be a bad thing. At the …

I'm Not Sure How I am Meant to be Feeling 
Yesterday, 12th November 2012, I went to see a doctor after several days of excruciating pain down below. It is uncomfortable to walk, stand, lay, urinate …

Do Your Thing and I'll Do Mine 
I'm not much of a writer, but I have a few things to express about my experiences with the virus. I tested positive for HSV2 about seven years ago …

It's Not The End of The World if You Have Herpes 
This website really helped me which is why I wish to give others the same. I was first diagnosed about a week ago with herpes. Before I even went to the …

Nineteen Years Old With Herpes and Positive Attitude 
I'm 19 years old and a few days ago I got told I had Herpes. My immediate reaction was that my current boyfriend had cheated on me and I really did feel …

You Can Be Healthy With Herpes 
Your website is amazing. I was diagnosed with herpes about a month ago and was absolutely shocked; wondering how could this happen to me? The first …

17 Years Old with Genital Herpes and Learning to Live With It 
I just turned 17 this year, and started to have possible GH symptoms only about a month before my birthday. I couldn't stop crying and feeling like the …

Catching Herpes from a Lesbian Girlfriend 
Well I’m a lesbian and I recently started dating someone. Just got over a bad break up as well. My new girlfriend two weeks ago started breaking out in …

Love After Herpes 
Hi, I had the perfect girlfriend; she was loving, caring, and most of all, honest. We were together for 2.5 years but then we decided it was not going …

Just Diagnosed. Life Will Go On 
Hi, well I am a 22 year old female. I am in college to be an Elementary/Special education teacher and am currently in summer break. Yesterday I went to …

Love Yourself, the Rest Will Come 
I just stumbled across this site today and I have to say I am so happy that it's here. I am 24 years old and have had herpes since the age of 21. It was …

Living My Life with Genital Herpes 
I was diagnosed about a year ago with genital herpes. It was at my 6 week check-up after having my son. It felt like I had torn my stitches. My OB-GYN …

Hope Takes Us to Places We've Never Seen Before 
I'm a 21 year old female who was diagnosed with herpes recently. I'm in the middle of my first and horrible outbreak (over 20 large blisters) and to make …

Happy with Herpes 
I just found out a couple of years ago that I had herpes; I was in my 30's. I remember back then bringing my dog with me to the clinic. The pooch …

My Life Changing Story 
Hi my name is Renee and I have Genital Herpies. I just found out 4 weeks ago that I have Genital Herpies. When I found out that I had it, I felt so dirty …

Living Happy 
About a year ago, I had my first outbreak. It was a week before my 18th birthday & graduation of high school. It was also the week of prom. I had noticed …

Too Young for This, but Herpes Doesn't Discriminate 
I lost my virginity only a week before I was told I might have herpes. I’m only 16 years old and when the doctor first said those words, I truly thought …

After a Full Year, Some Recovery 
I have had genital herpes now for exactly 1 year and two weeks. I was dating a person with herpes and they told me they were on antiviral medication and …

Everything Will Be Ok 
First I would like to say, I have NEVER found a website like this one that has actually made me feel not alone in having a STD. So thank you for that, …

It's Not That Bad! 
I've just contracted genital herpes simplex 1 about a month ago, I'm 21. I caught it from my new boyfriend who didn't know he had it and has never shown …

Old Love 
I'm 23 years old. I just found out that I have herpes yesterday after 4 days from the last oral sex I had with my ex boyfriend who I'm currently dating …

There is Love in Life After an HSV Diagnosis 
I was married for 23 years and was diagnosed with HSV2 just before my divorce became final. Needless to say, I was devastated. How would I ever be able …

Curves, Nerves and Perves 
Just found out this morning that I have herpes. I'm angry, upset and almost relieved. I don’t know when I got it or from who. I don’t know how far …

I Don't Have It But She Does 
The most wonderful girl I've ever met has just told me that she has herpes. It shocked me to the core to say the least, but thankfully she was honest …

I Got Over It 
I just turned 18 in April and I'm in my second year of college. I've been dating my boyfriend since I met him in April. One morning last month, I noticed …

I'm Still Beautiful Even With Herpes 
I'm 22 years old from Asia and my family is conservative. We are pretty traditional in some ways. Very different from the rest of my sisters, so I usually …

So Happy 
At first when I was diagnosed with herpes simplex virus type 2 last year, I was so depressed. I didn't know who to turn to or how to live a normal life …

Surprise!!! 
My name is Linzi and I was just diagnosed with herpes simplex virus type 2 (genital herpes). Sadly, before I was diagnosed, I was unaware that I had it …

I'm Still Me 
I had a few serious relationships over the years and I have always been up to date with my checkups making sure that I hadn't contracted anything when …

Life is Normal for Me 
I had been with my partner for a few months before I had my first attack of herpes. I was devastated and depressed. I cried a lot and felt really lonely …

Over coming the Odds 
I was 18 only for a month when I was diagnosed with Genital Herpes. I left the hospital in tears shortly after that, and in enormous amount of pain. …

Living in the Moment 
Hi Gary, I contracted the herpes virus from my very first sexual partner at the age of 19 (1999). I was devastated and horrified, as the outbreak …

All I Can Do Is Have Faith 
I’m 22 years old and I've never been a sexually active person. I've been with four guys my whole life and I dated them all for a long time. Well …

Two Stigmas: Stripping and Herpes 
Within my second month of "stripping" (dancing or entertaining); I had also reverted back to celibacy. I randomly requested to get a full STD screening, …

The truth will set you free... 
I am a 26 year old female who was diagnosed with Herpes on Christmas day. What a gift... I was horribly devastated and would spend hours just in the …

How I got rid of this virus! 
It was January 2014, when I found out I had HSV. I was obviously devastated and very angry at my partner. We had both gotten tested before we became intimate …

Relieved 
dear friends, i am male,31, was diagnosed having herpes a week ago. at first i noticed there are red dots and blister , i was worried and have the …

Starting to Love Life Again 
I was diagnosed with herpes one week ago today. At first, I was shocked by the news. I have never been a sexually active person and have only had a few …

My Experience and Tips for Living with Genital Herpes 
I contracted genital herpes a year and a half ago from a guy I was dating at the time. I found out I had it right towards the end of our rather short-term …

Herpes Will Change My Life 
Well, let's just say my wife and I are both professionals living in an upscale neighborhood in the northeast US. My home sex life was failing and my …

Recently Diagnosed 
I am 17 years old, and was diagnosed with HSV-2, just a day ago. I was tested 6 times before this last time, and was given a negative outcome each time. …

Still in the Process of Acceptance  Not rated yet
I was first diagnosed with herpes last month from oral sex (I'm most certain, but it could have been skin-to-skin), worse day of my life. I cried to my …

That Wheelchair Man... Not rated yet
I was diagnosed and felt horrid. I didn't know what it was. It was distracting from school since I couldn't get it together emotionally. I eventually …

My Life Felt Like It Was Over, And Then All Of A Sudden It Goes On Not rated yet
I have never shared my story with anyone in this way but felt that maybe it could reassure someone somewhere finding out about having herpes or open eyes …

Change of Plans Not rated yet
Hello. I'm a 25 year old woman who contracted herpes almost two years ago. It was the most devastating day of my life and I'm finally just recovering …

Contracted in Love Not rated yet
My HSV-2 was contracted in love. I am not mad, hurt, or pained by it. The person that gave me herpes is a great man. We have been dating for 7 months …

Oral Sex is Sex, and Sex Isn't Just a "Thing"..... Writing is Therapy; Hope This Helps Someone. Not rated yet
I have been sexually active since the age of 16. I lost my virginity to my bf in high school (which still remains to be the longest relationship of my …

It Could Happen To Anyone Not rated yet
I am 21 years old and recently diagnosed with HSV 1. I was and still am scared, angry, confused, devastated, and every other word you can use to describe …

Herpes is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me! Not rated yet
OK, now I have your attention. I'll explain my headline in a few paragraphs, but first some history. I contracted genital herpes two years ago from …

One Year Later Not rated yet
Back in March of 2012 at the age of 21, the "love of my life" left to go to Texas and we had plans of me moving down to Texas too. A couple of months …

A Diagnosis Leads to a Purpose Not rated yet
It's crazy. I'm sitting here at my computer researching natural remedies for herpes. I found out that I had it about 8 months ago. I am also enrolled …

Healthy and Happy Not rated yet
About 10 months ago, I was diagnosed with what a Nurse Practitioner thought was Genital Warts, which is a strain of HPV, the most widespread STI there …

How Should I Start This? Not rated yet
I am a 19 year old sailor in the United States Navy. There is a silver lining to every cloud. Herpes kicked me in the ass to have integrity, honesty, …

Found Love with Herpes Not rated yet
I had been hooking up with a guy named Alex from High School consistently for about a year and a half. During that year and a half we would also hook …

Thought I Would Have to Settle Not rated yet
I slept with someone while using condoms and ended up with herpes 2 weeks later. I had a horrible first outbreak and the guy claimed to not know he had …

Virgin with Herpes from Oral Sex. Don't Give Up. Not rated yet
I was just 18 when I was first diagnosed with herpes type one, but on my genitals. And surprisingly, I was and still am a Virgin. I had been with my boyfriend …

This Will Not Change My Life in a Bad Way! Not rated yet
I just found out yesterday I have HSV2. It is no doubt a shock and something that is hard to digest. But after some thought I must say it's not by far …

Herpes Almost 20 Years Later Not rated yet
Hi, this is my very first time ever writing about my experience. I'd just like to say that it does get better. I contracted herpes when I was freshman …

The Positive Side of Things Not rated yet
I am a 20 year old female who just found out I have herpes less than 48 hours ago. I had been in 2 long term relationships, and got tested just because …

Me and My Viruses; Trying To Find Peace Not rated yet
Sometimes I feel like I'm collecting Pokemon cards, the way I've been contracting viruses lately. I was first diagnosed with HPV (genital warts) four …

Sending Hope to Those Who Are Struggling Not rated yet
Hey there- I was diagnosed about 2 yrs ago with HSV 2. I got it from a boyfriend who had it - I wouldn’t be positive if he knew he had it... but voila! …

Ivory Not rated yet
Well about 2 weeks ago I went to got treated for what I believed to be BV... I decided to go ahead and get a full STD screen...about 4 days ago I was …

Going to be OK Not rated yet
Alright, well I had my first outbreak 8 days ago, after being with my partner of 5 years. From what I have read either one of us could have had this …

I Believe I Have Herpes Not rated yet
I just married my soul mate in June. We have been together for two and a half years. He is good and kind, and has raised my son as his own... Three …

Twelve Years Later: It's Not That Bad Not rated yet
I have had herpes for 12 years. I got it from an oral cold sore on the only sexual partner I had ever had. We got married, and he never had an outbreak, …

Two Cities Not rated yet
I was diagnosed when I was 22 years old. I'm in the 16th year and I have experienced an array of emotions, from shame and depression to feelings of isolation …

Twenty-two and I Thought My Life Was Over Not rated yet
It all started from when my ex boyfriend broke up with me. It had left me vulnerable and heartbroken, only because I've lost friends as well as losing …

How I DON'T Get Outbreaks Not rated yet
I drink a lot of water, eat my veggies and do my best to stay away from sugar and get rest. But, I like to have fun too and don't want to feel deprived …

First Time Not rated yet
I'm 19 years old and hadn't even kissed someone until just recently. I was shy in high school, and have been pretty busy throughout college so it just …

I'm 17 and Just Diagnosed with Genital Herpes Not rated yet
I've recently discovered I have genital herpes and I'm slowly coming to terms with it! At first I was in denial of the infection. I had blisters so …

Three Ways To Deal With Herpes Not rated yet
I was diagnosed with HSV1 (oral) just 48 hours ago. I come from a conservative background and am still a virgin but contracted the virus through sharing …

Dealing With Herpes Through God Not rated yet
I am 19 years old and this Friday I will be going to the doctor to be tested for the herpes virus. Two weeks ago I discovered a small but painful bump …

21 Years Old and Putting Herpes in Perspective Not rated yet
I am a 21 year old female. I am recently single, and recently made a bad choice. I've only been single for about a month. After breaking up with what …

No Way, I Have Herpes?  Not rated yet
My vagina had been itching like nothing I had ever felt before. I had just completed medications for bacterial vaginosis and couldn't help but think what …

Healthy Living with Herpes from 30 Year Old Male Not rated yet
Hello everyone, I am a 30 year old male who was recently diagnosed with HSV 1 & 2 about a month ago. Let me tell you it was a nightmare. It all started …

Herpes Sucks But Get Over It Not rated yet
I am a 39 year old male who has been dealing with cold sores since the age of 7. Oldest of three males, I always remember my mother keeping Campho-Phenique …

A Lifetime of Herpes Not rated yet
I'm 26 years old and I've had herpes simplex 1 my entire life, at least ever since I can remember. As a young child I had terrible outbreaks on my mouth …

How, When, Who.. What's Next?  Not rated yet
Through discovering I had herpes (5 months ago), I discovered I had more than intense heat, incredible itchiness, discomfort and the soreness of blisters; …

My Recent Herpies Story Not rated yet
A few weeks ago I got a small red rash on my penis. I placed antibiotic cream on it and in a day and a half, it went away. A week later it came back. …

It's Truly Not The End Not rated yet
I am a 20 year old female diagnosed with HSV-2 about a year ago. I had been in a 3 year relationship prior to acquiring the disease. It was a serious/intimate …

Being a Teen and Having Genital Herpes Not rated yet
I know a lot of people look down on teens who have sex, so when I found out I had Genital Herpes I was devastated. I just knew my life was over before …

Cheating Isn't Worth It! Not rated yet
I was diagnosed a week ago with Genital Herpes. I'm 20 with a beautiful 1 year old daughter, and a loving boyfriend of 3 years. The day I got the news, …

There and Back Again from Singer to Statistic Not rated yet
So I was involved in an operatic production at my Alma mater and became intimate with a student at said university. She was vibrant and positive, talented …

Do The Right Thing Not rated yet
I think I've been infected by my partner. Before having sex, I asked him if he had any STI, he said no and I believed him. However, I didn't know anything …

Loved Not rated yet
One day I experienced extreme burning and itching around my genital area. This condition continued for a week before I went to seek help. I delayed going …

Definitely Live Happy With Herpes Not rated yet
My story: well I was married for 2 years, being with that man for a total of 5 years. When I split up with him I went to work in a remote location with …

HPV Before, HSV 2 Now. But Life is Bigger Than Them. Not rated yet
I was diagnosed last week with HSV2... it wasn't totally unexpected as I had a special relationship with someone who had contracted it 20 years ago. …

Youth and Herpes Not rated yet
I was diagnosed a month ago at age 19. I had three days left in my hometown before I packed up for college. My first day moving in was nerve racking so …

Responsibility Leads to Forgiveness and Acceptance Not rated yet
I was infected with Genital Herpes months into my last relationship, which lasted five years; I recently ended the relationship, but NOT because of the …

Coexisting With Herpes Not rated yet
I have had herpes simplex type 1 for almost 20 years. My first symptoms confused me, as the lesions erupted around my lips, in my mouth and even down …

God is Great! Not rated yet
I've been living with Herpes for the past 10 years- it was difficult emotionally through the years and I've always wondered if anyone would accept me. …

It's Not What You Think Not rated yet
I was diagnosed with herpes three days ago. I'm currently going through my first outbreak and just like everyone says, it's the most painful experience …

Still Getting Married Not rated yet
I met a wonderful man about 1 and a half years ago and we have established a loving, fun, and monogamous relationship. We've stayed together during thick …

Living with Herpes  Not rated yet
I contracted herpes four years ago at the age of 18. I had only been with one man in my life. After being sexually active for several months, we were …