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Gender: F
Age: 24
Married: Y
State: ms
Country: us
Experience...
I had no idea I could get it thru someone`s cold sore. Wish I would have known to be more carefull! [47407]

Gender: F
Age: 29
Married: N
State: IL
Country: USA
Experience...
As someone with what used to be 4 to 5 oral hsv 1 outbreaks a year (now one to two a year) having outbreaks that ppl could actually see (at school, social events etc) has caused me a lot of stress. Most recently I`m terrified of unintentionally passing hsv1 to someones genital through "shedding" during oral sex. The idea that I should need to use a condom/dental damn for all oral sex, even w a managamous partner causes me a great deal of anxiety and I`m unaware of other options aside from revealing my occasional cold sore occurence to any partner or taking daily suppressive therapy to decrease the risk of transmission. It seems like a huge ordeal for someone who gets 1-2 outbreaks a year but I feel obligated to protect partners and am not sure I know how to discuss my cold sores with partners who I`m not sure get them. Unlike the article on the main page says (about the double standard btwn oral and genital herpes). On the contrary, I find that oral herpes (as noted, almost always contracted non sexually as a child) has been HIGHLY stigmatized because of genital herpes. Now I don`t believe either should be, but there is a lot of disgust and shame around mere cold sores, as ppl seem to think they are somehow sexually transmitted. Instead of doing what the website suggests and proving to everyone how similar the viruses are (why is there no discussion of shingles or chicken pox?) I would prefer ppl simply know the truth about the viruses, including how common they both (especially oral hsv 1). We rarely ever refer to chicken pox or shingles as types of herpes but all of a sudden oral herpes seems to be replacing the term `cold sores`. I wonder why, but it sure hasn`t helped de-stigmatize cold sores at all. [47405]

Gender: M
Age: 15
Married: N
State: Texas
Country: United States of America
Experience...
Ok,im only 15.I remember I haven`t had a cold sore since i was like 8 but when i was 14 i wasn`t drinking water and i had a girlfriend, i don`t know if she brought up the virus or it was the dehydration,but i had been dehydrated before and nothing happened.So now i get one everyone time i get sick so badly sunburned. Everyday i feel a tingle or something unusual on my lip and it ends up being nothing and im really paranoid so where every i got i have to carry my blistex chapstick that i apply every 3 hours. I had the worst cold sore i have ever seen this summer from a sunburn,it covered half of my entire my upper lip it was really big and it hurt my confidence drastically . Kids at school are always making jokes about herpes and girls always want to talk to me and eventually get with me but i always have to say no because of cold sores. It hurts so much knowing i have Herpes that`s an STD but i haven`t had any sexual intercourse,i dont like how it`s called an STD even though you can get it with out having sexual intercourse. [47404]

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Gender: F
Age: 29
Married: N
State: Michigan
Country: United States
Experience...
at age 22 I was diagnosed with herpes, I was lost and broken... the thought of never getting married and having a family overwhelmed me. I turned to the bottle to hide my pain and in a short time became a full blown alcoholic, which didn`t help my breakouts. At age 28 I accepted Jesus into my heart and joined a church, there I found celebrate recovery and today I have 394days clean. what used to consume my every thought is now just a small detail in my life. I do get lonely and haven`t yet met anyone that I have felt comfortable sharing this with (men) I haven`t been in a relationship since my diagnosis. I used to think herpes was a death sentence but today I have hope and faith that I will find a partner who can love me for me despite my flaws [47388]

Gender: F
Age: 33
Married: N
State: nv
Country: usa
Experience...
I usually dont have outbreaks very often at all untill past couple months. I have been with my boyfriend for 6mths and the stress of telling him made me have 3 in very short period. This problem is something you must talk about with your partner. I was so sick and almost had panick attack(which i never have). My family and couple friends gave me the strentgh to finally get the nerve to tell him. I was so surprised and releived that he cares about me and said it was going to be ok. That we would work it out. He went online and educated himself on this very common nuisance. I really want to thank all of you who tell your stories. It helped me as well to feel connected with people that know what I`m going through. I cant believe for past 2 months i have been a crying emotional mess. A huge weight has been lifted.. Good luck to all and remember it doesnt make you a bad or gross person. [47384]

Gender: F
Age: 27
Married: Y
State: PA
Experience...
i`ve been with two people who knew they had herpes. the first found out only because i made him get a full screening. the second knew it before and was traumatized by her own diagnosis. because i suspected my first partner of having a case of oral herpes (known by antibody test to be HSV1), i didn`t use any precautions during sex. i was happy to get a genital case of HSV1 for its immunity benefit to genital HSV2 and its lowered likelihood of recurrent outbreaks. however my second partner has a genital case of HSV2 and i`m less sure that i`m willing to expose myself. i feel bad because i`m essentially actualizing her fears that people will not want to sleep with her because of the disease, but i`m still in the process of trying to understand what risk i`m willing to accept. it`s a difficult choice because i`m really attracted to her and care for her very much, but it seems there is nothing i can do save for not having sex that will eliminate the risks for a lifelong infection which could have implications in having kids. [47382]

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Gender: F
Age: 36
Married: Y
State: ct
Country: usa
Experience...
i contracted it at the aGE OF 36 I CHEATED ON MY HUBBY AND THE VIRUS LAID DORMANT FOR ALMOST A YR , AFTER GOING TO THE eR FOR WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A YEAST INFECTION WAS I IN FOR A BIG SUPRISE THEY TOLD ME I HAD GENTILA HERPES , I CALLED MY HUBY TOLD HIM I HAVE HAD BAD NEW AND TOLD HIM IF HE WANTED ME TO LEAVE HIM HE SAID NO WE DEALT WITH THE INFIDELITY NOW WE WILL DEAL WITH THIS TOO , I WAS SUPRESIED TO SAY THE LEAST I LOVE MY HUBBY AND I HAVE LEARNED MY LESSAON IT IS NOT ALWAYS GRERENER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE [47381]

Gender: F
Age: 46
State: Wisconsin
Experience...
I just stated dating a great man, and I am sooooo nervous to tell him!! Have been divorced for 6 years, and have dated several men.....no man has ever ran from me yet~ but for some reason, I am very anxious to tell this one. ?? I have developed strong feelings for him after only 4 dates...and I do not want him to run. I want to tell him now so that he can decide before I get too emotionally involved. I have had Herpes for over 20 years now. It seems like it is getting worse as I get older, as far as the outbreaks. UGH. Wish me luck!! :) And good luck to all of you out there dealing with this virus. Don`t let it control you. I hate it, but it could be worse. I just wish people wouldn`t make Herpes the butt of their jokes...no pun intended! lol. Good day! [47380]

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Gender: F
Age: 53
Married: Y
State: Alabama
Country: USA
Experience...
My husband 59 - Im 54 - we ARE monogamus and have been for 29 years! I just had my first primary outbreak for 1 and 2 - his blood test revealed previous exposure! A long time ago! 29+years - he has never had symptoms and feels terrible that he did not know all this time! We are really sad and trying to cope! My first outbreak was very severe! [47376]

Gender: F
Age:53
Married: N
State: MD
Experience...
Been with the same partner for 7 yrs. He had been coplaning he ached all over and his face had a rash on one side like ackne. This had been going on and off for the last 2 years since he has been under alot of stress. He wouldnt take the time to go to the doctors or spend the money. I was working 2 jobs and only getting 6 hours of sleep for the last 6-8 weeks.Apparently I let my self get run down and my nevers were shot so I opened my self up to his infection HSV-1 but Igot them in the genital area and it is extreamly painful. Drs tell me now i should have gone to the e-r. It has been 10 days and I still am not out of bed and on a coctail of meds. 2000 veltric 1000 cipro. HELP this is terribly painful. Sitting in Epson salt helped some but the next morning its like I get more new sours. This virus is pretty smart. [47364]

Gender: F
Age: 40
Married:Y
State: al
Country:baldwin
Experience...
I have had herpes for my entire marriage of 11 years my husband has never shown any signs without prevention and now has a blister on the middle of his buttock and sore inguinal lymphnodes. Is it possible for it to have taken that long to show signs or should I be worried about infidelity? [47359]

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Gender: F
Age: 48
Married: Y
Country: canada
Experience...
I`ve had this for a while. But now I`m worried for my family . I didn`t know how serious this disease really is. My husband had this a lot longer before I got it.I don`t know who gave it to who. I guess it laid dormant in me for a long time. Iv`e been with the same man for 30 years. I don`t even know if my children have it. Because logically I must of had this in my body when I had my children. So 30 years later I`m more confused than when I found out I had this. I got internet only about 2 months ago, so I started doing research about this stupid sickness. I learned a lot about this disease. But now all I care about is not getting my children and my grand children sick. And all this because we were both promiscuous before we met. So to whom ever is reading this,don`t ever forget that stuff like this always comes back an bites you in the end. So please be careful. [47350]

Gender: M
Age: 59
Married: N
Experience...
I have the third strain of herpes called vzv or vercicella zoster virus better known as shingles which is contracted by already having shingles and being around someone that has chicken pox. [47349]

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