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 to the doctor at first as I dismissed the sores as some other kind of infection that would soon go away. I even took warm baths to hopefully subside the burning sensation and eruption of more sores.

Finally I decided that the pain wasn't going away and that I have to seek medical advice for it. The pain hurt so bad that I could barely stand, let alone urinate without feeling ill. Realizing now that I should have went to see a doctor sooner so I wouldn't have to suffer for so long.

So I went to the doctor and she told me that what I had could be Herpes. My heart sank (I was depressed and I felt nasty). Tears were streaming down my face as she kindly explained what the condition was all about and my treatment options. But we had to be certain first. So she had me take a pap smear and blood test and told me the results would be back in three weeks.

My next problem was that I had to tell my boyfriend. At first I assumed I got it from him but after soul searching, I could have gotten it from any one. I felt so stupid to realize that I never was very careful. I'm 20 and I've had a lot of partners. This is not something that I am proud of by the way but I have to face whatever consequences may arise.

I finally had the courage to tell my boyfriend and he was so understanding and supportive. He still wants to spend the rest of his life with me and our bond has gotten stronger. It's been two weeks and I'm still awaiting the test results. Herpes or not, I know that my boyfriend still loves me despite of having acquired it. Herpes won't stop me from being happy, loving, and living life to the fullest.

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