Sunday, May 21, 2017

Herpes Support Resource: The American Social Health Association

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless and in need of immediate assistance, PLEASE call 1-800-suicide for live help and to talk it out.

The American Social Health Association’s STI Resource Center has a Hotline for people with questions about Herpes and other Sexually Transmitted Infections.  It’s open from 9AM to 8PM Eastern US Time: 1-919-361-8488

Herpes Support Groups ~ Local, Live, and In Person

When dealing with a new herpes infection, many people can be at a loss as to what to say and who to talk to about their feelings.  The American Social Health Association sponsors Herpes Support groups that meet in various cities in the US, Canada, and Sydney Australia.

If you were just diagnosed with herpes: ITS GOING TO BE OK

Let me start off by saying that I was diagnosed with type 1 and 2 genital herpes a couple months ago. When I was diagnosed I felt like COMPLETE shit. Disgusted with myself, expecting a pitiful sex life, and utterly confused. I just stayed in my room, smoked weed, skipped school, and played video games for about a week straight.

(I am a very promiscuous guy in college and felt my sex life would be tarnished, no girlfriend, ect.)
Fast forward to today and everything is different! I have disclosed to every partner since and have not been rejected once. I just got a new girlfriend who is drop dead gorgeous and loves me.

Don't get lost in the stigma. You have no reason to feel bad or ashamed, none. Herpes is so common and chances are the person who gave it to you didn't even know they had it. Yet you do and it's something you can't forget.

Remember how you felt when you were diagnosed? ...Yeah don't be the person to pass that to someone else, you should really disclose.

But long story short, this moment, this feeling, is only a page in a chapter in the book of your life. I fucking believe in you. Know why? Because I was RIGHT THERE too. Skimming articles, getting statistics, (I would even put on safe search so no one would see I have herpes if they saw my history) trying and failing not to have a complete melt down. Guess what though? I'm fine, I'm strong, I moved on... and you will too :) If you have herpes, Be around other people with herpes  might be helpful.

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