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 a long journey for me, but I know today that I love the woman I have become and that in part is thanks to herpes.
I'm not 100% sure on how I got it as my ex swears he never had it. I found out at the end of an emotionally ugly relationship and was devastated. I was sure any future hope for love was over and that every guy I would have to tell from that point on would surely reject me. I felt dirty, disgusting and untouchable, basically the usual herpes reaction. I had several outbreaks my first year, less my second and am now going on outbreak free for a while. I take pretty good care of myself and haven't had many outbreaks this year at all.
I wanted to post my story here for all the young women who are going through this with me. It is hard, scary and downright depressing at times, but I want you to know it's going to be OK. Having something like this can help you to find your inner strength and most importantly your inner love for yourself.
There are so many people in this world who are unhappy with themselves and have no reason to be. I discovered how strong I was and that I am able to look past the Google definition of me and see that I am not herpes and this is only a small part of the caring, amazing person that I am. Nothing, especially a guy, can tell you who or what you are and you don't need a guy to. You define yourself, you are beautiful, you
don't deserve this but now you have the opportunity to see just how wonderful and amazing you are. A few cold sores on your lady bits are nothing.
As for me I was lucky I have an amazing support system behind me and 2 of the greatest people in the world who love me and had to carry me through at times. I have told 6 guys in total and was only out right rejected by 1. I have had 2 successful past relationships since herpes and 3 where herpes may have been a small factor in the breakup. This is fine as it helped me to see that those aren’t the kind of guys I need to be with. You will get better at judging who is mature enough to handle it. I'm still friends with most of these guys. I haven't passed my little friend on to any of these guys; you can have unprotected sex you just have to be careful.
Always be honest. I have made the mistake of not being in the past and the guilt was awful but I came clean and fortunately all is well. Right now I have to tell this new guy and I won't know how this new story goes until then.
I just want you to know you are not alone, not everyone may be accepting of you but there are people out there who will love you for you, herpes and all. It is going to be ok. I don't know the end of my story yet but I know that now that I am happy with me and my friend herpes and I am ready for whatever comes my way :) You will be too, just remember, whatever you believe in, we are never given more then we can handle and sometimes things do happen for a reason.