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 until I had a really bad outbreak. When I was first diagnosed, I was dating a guy who had been a virgin when we got together. I was so horrified when I found out and afraid that he would leave me over this that it just exhausted my body with stress.
When I did end up telling him, which was the next time I saw him, he reacted in a way I was not expecting! He held me and told me he still loved me and that he would help me through this. Then not five minutes later he adds, "oh and I think you gave it to me!" and he laughed! I urged him to get tested just to be sure and low and behold the test came back positive. He had it as well. He didn't even care that he got it from me and he doesn't think of me any different.
Telling him made the whole process of dealing with herpes so much easier! He accepted me for who I am and we love each other! All the emotional stress that I had to go through... seemed to vanish the moment I had to courage to be honest and open about it to him. You can truly find love with herpes! I'm living proof! So don’t lose hope. There’s always a silver lining in the end.