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Gender: F
Age: 15
Married: N
State: New York
Country: New York
Experience...
When I have an out break i feel extremely insecure and it brings me down completely. [47520]

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Gender: F
Age: 17
Married: N
State: Fl
Country: USA
Experience...
i guess i`ll start off with that thankfully 2 weeks prior to this i got my results through blood test &urine and i am negative for HIV & all STDs including HSV-1 or HSV-2.. but i wanted 2 share this experience because if i would have read this maybe i would have handeled my situation diffrently. herpes is a serious thing ya kno, you gotta be sure recently in early feb of this yr (2011) i was positive that i had herpes HSV-2 without being diagnosed because i felt that my symptoms were too alike as all the herpes symptoms i was looking up on google. even everything i was reading regarding genital herpes on women was truly freaking me out because the symptoms were real similar, not exactly but just enough for me.. i didn`t have a 2nd opinion because i was 2 embaressed and ashamed to show anyone including my mom or sister. i wasnt even sure who i potentially got it from because most of my previous sex partners weren`t serious or we were really just under the influence, that killed me most because all i kept thinking was it could have been prevented, it could have been prevented and i had no clue who just straight up gave it to me ? i`ve had 5 sex partners and only 1 was serious but 3 out of the 5 i completely didn`t talk to anymore so i felt alone plus i pretty much read everything online about herpes and many websites says it shows diffrently on everyone, some ppl show no symptoms, some really do like the ones on google images and some dont even look like it ? it`ll look like something common as a pimple, ingrown hair, rash, bump.. etc. my mind was set, at the time and now i still have Preferred insurance so if i wanted to i could have just 1st got checked @ my doctors but because im still a minor i was afraid my mom would find out or she might had have 2 be there so instead i went to my community health center got blood work done the 1st day and had to wait 2 WEEKS for the results. came back all negative but was only tested for HIV & COMMON STD`s which meant NOT herpes, i was happy but not satisfied, i asked how does one get tested for herpes? and the lady was just like "i don`t know the doctor here usually knows through a vaginal exam?" so immidiately i asked if i could have a vaginal exam done the same day and they told me yes. i waited and was eventually called in, there was a woman doctor and an assistant she told me to get undressed put this robe on and knock when i was done i did and i was awkward and scared at first because of all the things i was reading online.. i thought she would diagnose me immidiately after taking one look and i had never had a pap or went to the gyno in my life ! once she started talking with me and telling me that alot of patients had what i had which was a certain skin infection or hidrentis supparaltive (prolly spelt that wrong) i calmed down and started asking questions like if i looked like i had an std or herpes point blank and she told me she wasn`t god but shes was pretty sure that i didnt. she took swabs and told me they were going to send them to a lab in Miami 4 anything unfamiliar and that i had to wait ANOTHER 2 weeks for the results. i wanted to be done with all of it and just know ! so i finally just went to my doctors and told him everything, he was stunned that i went out my way to go to a community health center and wait for hours when i could have just went to the doctors office and got tested for ALL STD`s including HSV-1/HSV-2 & HEPATITIS C OR B on top of that all i would had have to wait was only 4 days for the results OH and i just wanna include my doctors office is by appointment but doesn`t have to be lol pretty much i could have walked in at any time.. anyways i got tested, got my results before the swab results @ the health center and i was negative for everything so i was FINALLY sure although i did have a skin infection and was no longer ashamed to show my doctor or mom because i KNEW it wasn`t an std and they all told me it definitely didn`t look like an std but was a skin infection and i now am on a prescription and have ointments to take & put on, what messed me up was everything i read and saw even though its informative you still gotta find out for yourself because eveybodys their worst critic. for the 3 weeks i thought i had herpes i stopped eating as much because i READ carbs & certain foods make you break out more, lost 10 pounds, dropped my whole social life and just cried a lotttt the pros were i got closer to my brother in law and mom because truth is i knew no matter what my fam would accept me and i didn`t wanna talk 2 anybody that would be diffrent once i was sure or not.. like theres so much more to what i went through in that lil period of time but im getting tired lol i`ll end it off with i have deep respect for ppl with any life term disease.. for the ones with herpes yes it`ll be rough but without struggle there isn`t any progress and it isn`t OVER i promise you, you just gotta work at it.. its not a death sentence trust that i`ve seened this 1st hand my sister is 23 and married, her and her husband are friends with many married couples. one couple in particular have 2 kids that are healthy and the wife is positive with herpes HSV-2 but the husband isn`t their relaltionship is strong & true and that family itself couldn`t be anymore happier. truly... it could have been worse and you know that one thing that got me through it because i knew no matter what he`d have me and love me the same and forever, our father. JESUS can sound typical or cliche to the blind but its the TRUTH so eat it. hope i helped someone, anyone countss :) [47518]

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Gender: F
Age: 17
Married: N
State: missouri
Country: us
Experience...
i was diagnosed with herpes simlex virus 1 in june of 2010....i was totally devistated when i found out...to this day i do not know whom i may have contracted it from...i look at getting herpes as an eye opener...as god tellin me look girl you better straighten up before somethin really bad happens....i am passed the "poor me" stage....i just accept it as a part of me... i used to really stress the fact that i wouldn be able to have kids but hey there are lots of woman out there with this std that have very healthy babies....i also used to be afraid of not being able to find a bf... but ive been pass so many guys an i tell them all from the beginning bofre anything gets to serious....an they really dont mind it....i have found a man that loves me for me and is fully aware of the herpes virus i have an it bothers him none the least!!!...the one who loves you will not judge you for it...i promise...i am living a very happily life with my boyfriend!!! well i just wanted to share my story with someone that could understand...thank you so much!!! [47513]

Gender: F
Age: 32
Married: N
State: CA
Country: USA
Experience...
I was the girl who was going to wait to have sex til I got married. Well I hit 32 and got tired of waiting. I got HSV2 the 3rd time I had sex. The guy I got it from said he didn`t think he had anything but would get checked anyway. He won`t return my calls now. I feel like my life has been ripped away. It`s totally not fair. I have friends who slept around like crazy and they don`t have anything. I feel like what guy is going to want to touch me now? Am I only able to choose from guys who already have it? Will I ever feel normal? Because I feel like a leper right about now. I don`t want to explain to some guy that I have herp and have to see the expression of horror on his face and watch him back away as fast as possible. I`m miserable. [47507]

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Gender: F
Age: 41
Married: N
State: Illinois 62205
Country: Saint Clair
Experience...
Well I am 41 years old and just found out threw my doctor that I have Oral Herpes. I got it threw a fever blister and didnt know or know how long I have had this it sadden me that I contracted threw someone by touching me. Today as I tell you about my story, I wonder if I gave to somebody by not known. [47502]

! Gender: M
Age: 38
Married: N
State: fl
Country: usa
Experience...
actually, i`m not sure when i contracted HSV2. I had a partner who told me to get checked as she had an outbreak while we had had sex and i got tested for the first time 3 years ago - turned positive, but the results indicated that i probably have had it for a long time. Meanwhile, for the last 10 to 12 years i`ve dealt unsuccessfully with what i thought might have been frequent herpes outbreaks that have gotten worse over the years. Only in the perianal area - intense itching which is made worse by humidity and heat and stress and who knows what else... Sex seems to actually help the issue most of the time. One doctor thought it was some sort of fungal thing. I have tried a multitude of treatments - even considering the possibility of having a rare case of dermititis herpeticus - which gluten is a culprit. However, avoiding gluten has not proven to affect the outbreaks. Lack of health insurance has made it difficult to consult with western medical professionals for most of the time. I haven`t turned over every leaf and rock yet and am hopeful to find an answer to my symptoms which after reading everything i can find on herpes HSV2, appears to not be what i am suffering from. Either way, it affects my life and sex life adversely more than i can say. [47500]

Gender: F
Age: 25
Married: N
State: az
Country: united states
Experience...
I went on a date with this Guy that I knew previously for a few years. Had some drinks I had Been single for a couple months and was lonely. Decided not to have sex cause I wasn`t ready and settled with passionate kissing and oral. I didn`t go down on him (thank God) our genitals brushed each other but was never inserted. 9 days later one itchy red/white bump appears led to several itchy red /white bumps. Led to doctor led to pap testing etc. Doc said definitely herpes. I haven`t fully fully gotten it tested its expensive. So I`m sticking with the meds proscribed and taking tons of vitamins. Working on it and constintely reading about this virus and dealing day by day. Life is unfortunate sometimes even when you try to be safe. I wish I lived in a bubble. Grr to those people not knowing they carry this virus and hand it over to us healthy bodies like it`s mail. Wtf. [47499]

Gender: F
Age: 18
Married: N
State: FL
Country: USA
Experience...
I am in the United States Navy. Fresh from high school. only 18 yrs old. Last month i was diagnosed with herpes. Only last week my doctor informed me that I have HSV TYPE 1. Which eased my mind a little because i was for the longest time blaming my partner for giving me this. When in fact, he could have very easily contracted the virus when he was a child and not known as an adult that he had the virus. And 50 to 80% of adults have HVS1. It sucks to think that people dont pay any mind to people who have HSV1 because its not a big deal. But this has affected my life tremendously. everyone should get tested before new sexual partners. [47489]

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Gender: F
Age: 38
State: mo
Experience...
I`ve visited this site several times in the beginning, reading other`s experiences. When I first found out I was completely mortified and depressed. At 37, I`d only been in two relationships and with 3 men intimately. The diagnosis altered how I felt about myself and temporarily wrecked my self-esteem and confidence. I felt dirty, ashamed, outraged and simply...run down. I was in a relationship for 9 years (long distance) and despite his denials, it had to have come from him. I`d only been with him with the exception of almost 2 yrs prior when we broke up. I used a condom with that person and never ever had the issues that surfaced after I visited my boyfriend almost a year ago. Since we`ve been together so long, we didn`t use anything. While visiting, I began to feel a little sick, like the flu and on my flight back home I felt horrible. I called in sick from work the next day because I really thought I had the flu! then I thought I had a urinary tract infection - the first outbreak was the absolute worst!!! when I got the prognosis, I could not believe it and got re-tested. For a long time I thought my life would not be the same, that I was tainted and undesirable. I have a strong faith in God and prayed, talked to trusted friends and got educated. It`s been August 2010 when I got this and I take lysine and Red Marine Algae and basically, take yoga, exercise, pray and try to keep myself healthy. I had a small outbreak but nothing like the first! I know my long term boyfriend gave it to me because he still wanted to be with me. If there was any doubt, he would`ve definitely been livid. He sent me a "test" 8 months later to prove he didn`t have it. I`ve since learned to live with it. No one wants this but your life is NOT over at all! Rather, my love life has blossomed and bloomed! I met two wonderful men that really love me for me. I was up front and told them once I realized they were good people. Now, I have to choose between the two when I thought I`d never find love again. Part of me really loves my ex and sometimes, I want to be with him but he`s never come clean and I can`t trust that. My point in telling all this is that you can find love but you must first accept it and deal with it (herpes). Yes, it`s life altering but not life ending. It`s made me more aware of my own health and stress levels, it`s made me appreciate others and not sweat the small stuff. I`m living, laughing and loving...myself. [47486]

Gender: F
Age: 42
Married: N
State: ri
Experience...
I met this guy online, for about a month we emailed and became quite fond of eachother. He said he wanted to get tested for stds before we became intimate. I was fine with this.. I had std test prior and knew I had nothing.. well long story short I tested postive for HSV-1..I never have had an outbreak, not a single 1.. He freaked and its over with us. I am having a hard time dealing with the loss of him and the idea of how do you go though the rest of your life without kissing anyone if you want to be 100% sure you do not spread this around. I do not want other people to go though the shame or hurt I did when I found out, the idea of never being intimate again is devastating [47481]

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