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Gender: F
Age: 21
Married: N
State: FL
Country: USA
Experience...
I am 21 years old and just found out 2day that I have herpes type 2. A few months ago I had an outbreak along with a bladder infection, the infection lasted longer than normal so I went to the doctor and he said I MIGHT have herpes. Well I hoped I didn`t until about 2 months later I had another outbreak and I knew something was wrong. A month later I had another and I went 2 my OBGYN to b tested for EVERYTHING and I tested negative for everything except herpes type 2. I kind of accepted it a few months ago because I figured thats probably what it was but 2nite I got very emotional because I know I contracted it from an ex that I went back to that I kno I shouldn`t have, and it was our SECOND time without a condom ever in 3 years. I don`t kno if he kno if he had it or not but I am hurt. My mom is very supportive and she helps me and we talk about it. Im reallly into this guy I`ve been talking to but we`ve only been talking for about 3 months and I think it`s waay too early to tell him, we`ve had sex once tho but we used a condom and I didn`t even kno 4 sure I had it at the time. I`m just heartbroken because it was someone I cared 4 a lot and now I have to live with this.. and prepare myself to tell my partner later in the future.. and kids? But reading other experiences have helped me cope a little and realize life is not over. [47024]

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Gender: F
Age: 14
Married: N
Experience...
I contracted herpes simplex 1 on my lips when I was around 7 years old. Not from sexual intercourse of any sorts, just someone kissing me. I didn`t know what it was, and my parents never told me either (although I have had coldsores for about half my life, go figure.). I found out on my own when I heard about coldsores being herpes. So now, for the rest of my life I have to have coldsores ONLY in the winter time. Which is strange to me, and I honestly have no clue why only during that duration I have outbreaks. [47022]

Gender: F
Age: 29
Married: N
State: GA
Country: USA
Experience...
IT`S NOT SO BAD...LEARN THE FACTS AND EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS.....BE HONEST WITH YOUR PARTNER AND TELL THEM UPFRONT AND LET THEM MAKE THE DECISION.....EAT RIGHT OR DO SUPPRESSIVE THERAPY.....I`VE HAD IT FOR 10 YEARS NOW AND IF I GO TO LONG WITHOUT DOING SUPPRESSIVE THERAPY I WILL HAVE AN OUTBREAK.... [47020]

Gender: M
Age: 38
Married: N
State: ma
Country: usa
Experience...
no have been very lucky very rairly do i have outbreaks [47009]

Gender: M
Age: 18
Married: N
State: VA
Country: United States
Experience...
I have lived with HSV1 for almost 18 years and I understand not only the physical pain and irritation, but the psychological and emotional damage that can be brought with this virus. I am currently undergoing the worst outbreak I`ve had since I was almost 2 or three. This Virus is socially unacceptable to most people in this day and age, but it`s all about your perspective on it. This has made me a stronger person by living through the judgmental childhood days and onto larger social atmospheres. I hope no person is ashamed to have this virus and I hope one day that we are able to find a cure from the pain that we all share. [47006]

Gender: M
Age: 29
Married: N
State: GA
Country: usa
Experience...
the day after my 29 birthday i noticed some spots one on my neck and a few under my bottom lip... i had been outside in the cold and wind for longer than i shouldve been so i just shrugged it off and figured its just a cold sore, people get those all the time no big deal... after a few days they didnt go away and i had a bump on my tongue and noticed several little bumps in the roof of my mouth so i decided to go to the e.r. to get them checked out and with just a visual examination the doc told my they were herpes simplex virus sores and prescribed me acyclovir which ive been taking as instructed... my gf and i have been apart for a few months and shes planning to come back in a few weeks.. i have no idea how i got this disease but i told her that i do have it... she has never had any signs of an outbreak and she wants to come back and so far sounds like she wants to be supportive and try to have a relationship with my still. before i told her that i have it i felt i was all alone with no hope of ever being happy again... but with a little research ive realized that things will get better and there are things i can do to make this experience not so bad... i felt like a freak or a leper but thats not the case anymore... give it time is what they say... much love to all my herpes survivors out there!!! [47004]

Gender: F
Age: 44
Married: Y
State: Minnesota
Country: USA
Experience...
I have been married for almost 20 years. About five years ago, I saw a physician`s assistant at the clinic about an itching, burning condition that had developed on my genitals. I expected a diagnosis like vaginosis or something equally easy to cure. Instead she said the developing lesions looked like herpes caused by the type-1 virus. I was shocked. I had been married for 15 years and had never cheated. I also completely trusted my husband. When I asked how this could have happened, I was told that it was possibly from oral sex if my husband had cold sores. But he had never complained about a cold sore condition. The P.A. said that his sores could be in his mouth, not outside on the lips. Or maybe he was only a carrier. She prescibed Valtrex and told me that it could have been worse because if it had been the type-2 virus, those outbreaks are much worse and more frequent. There is very little solace in that, I admit. She also said that a week prior a young, married and pregnant mom received the same diagnosis and that these occurrences are on the rise. After the Valtrex regimen, I had a follow-up with my regular MD. I was told by him that I could have gotten the virus from even a little cut on my finger, that it could have laid dormant for years and that the lesions could have just as easily erupted on my mouth instead of my genitals. Perhaps the stress from going to nursing school caused the outbreak or possibly I was infected by one of my patients. Who knows? Now it has been five years. I find it interesting that I have never seen any information about the possibility of getting genital herpes from a cut and wonder if that is false info from my doctor. My husband still doesn`t have any sign of having herpes. We abstain from sex when I feel an outbreak coming on (a little tingling sensation). I take a one-time dose of 2000 mg of Valtrex and it suppresses the virus so I haven`t had a full outbreak since my initial one five years ago which is good because that was so painful. I average about 2 incidents a year. I am so angry. I feel like every time I call my MD`s office to ask for a refill or go to the pharmacy to pick it up, I`m being judged. I`m afraid my teenage children will find out so I hide my pills. I worry that when I am old, I will lie in a nursing home bed and suffer from painful sores before somebody notices and gives me my pills. I hate this disease and pray a cure is soon found. [47000]

Gender: F
Age:21
Married: N
State: ontario
Country: canada
Experience...
I have only been with two guys: my ex-husband for twelve years (we were both each others "firsts") and my current boyfriend. I was absolutely shocked when I first had my breakout in July... My ex never had symptoms and neither does my current boyfriend. I cried alot, partly beacause my first breakout was extremely painful, but mostly because when I was diagnosed, I couldn`t believe it: I had herpes! When my doctor called, she informed me that in my blood test, I had no HSV antibodies, so I contracted it recently. My boyfriend is very understanding and will get test.. and I remind myself that my life isnt over... I/we have learned to deal and adapt my/our lives to it. but I still haven`t gotten used to it yet. [46998]

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Gender: F
Age:28
Married: N
State: Florida
Country: USA
Experience...
I have had herpes 1 ever since i can remember, and it was horrible as a child, getting outbreaks at least 2 times a year. Almost always until i was about 24 years old i would get an outbreak on my birthday. Happy Birthday to me right? On top of that christmas is three days later. I haven`t had an outbreak in the past 2-3 years until this year a week before my birthday, and then this morning i woke up with one, what a way to spend the last day of the year having an outbreak and worrying about what people might say when you go out. Having it really sucks, but as i have gotten older they arent so frequent. I have a 7 year old daughter who has gotten them since she was maybe 2 or 3, i of course passed this to her in-utero. I feel bad for her, because she gets them as bad or worse than i did. It is very embarrassing for her to have, when she gets one she crys because she is afraid that kids in school will pick on her for it and question her about it. I try to tell her that having them will only make her stronger in life, but it is hard for her to understand why. I have had outbreaks on my nose, my top and bottom lip, above my lip and below my lip almost on my chin. It is very annoying and embarrassing, i had one so bad one time that the blisters covered my entire bottom lip. It is something that i have learned to live with and people will say almost always have something negative to say, but its usually because they are ashamed of something within themselves and are afraid that you might find out and make fun of them. So when people make fun or get grossed out, dont take it to heart and feel sorry for yourself, use that as fuel to your fire that you are better than them. Happy new year everyone! [46996]

Gender: F
Age: 17
Married: N
State: Ny
Experience...
I contracted herpes type 2 from my boyfriend of only 3 months. I trusted him with everything i had and i have to admit i shouldn`t have. he cheated on me in november and told me he regretted it and realized he loved me and wanted to be with me (yes i believed him i will admit i`m not the smartest person when it comes to love). The girl he cheated on me with was his ex gf and cheated on him for money and thats how she got it. she never told him she had it. i forgave him before thanksgiving and two days before thanksgiving is when i contracted it. i instantly started having the itching and burning feeling but i thought it was nothing. finally i went to planned parenthood and they told me that by the looks of things i had herpes. i found out on Dec.1st. My first outbreak was horrible and i feel extremely sorry for anyone who has to go through that. it goes to show that you have to watch out for liars and trust that inner voice if it`s telling you something is wrong. my inner voice was telling me not to trust him and not take him back but i didn`t listen. My boyfriend told me that he would stand by my side and that we would make it through this together and so far we have. His whole mindset about our relationship has changed and he told me he is truly sorry he screwed up my life and that it`s not fair to me. He`s right it`s not fair to anyone who has it especially from liars, but you can make it through it. It wont always be easy but you can make it through it. just be honest with people they deserve the truth. [46995]

Gender: F
Age: 56
Married: N
State: Florida
Country: USA
Experience...
I use to start to get an outbreak once in every 3 years and I would take 1 or 2 zoverax pills and I would never get it. I have now had an outbreak for 8 months and I have spent $1,500.00 on valtrex, red marine algae, lyzine, and a floride topical. Nothing had worked and I now do nothing for it. I have not had sex with my live in boyfriend in 8 months. I finally had to tell him about it. I don`t think it will ever go away. My boyfriend has resolved the fact that he will never have sex again. Our relationship has died and we are just friends living together. I don`t have any more money to spend on it and I have no insurance. I give up. Lisa [46993]

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