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Gender: F
Age: 47
Married: N
State: PA
Country: USA
Experience...
I found out several years AFTER my divorce that I had herpes...and my ex-husband had been the only man I`d ever had sex with. (I`m certainly he was faithful. He must have contracted it before we met, though he has never had symptoms.) Since I was raising a child alone, I never had much time for dating anyway. After 6+ years of celibacy, I had a long-term relationship with a man who accepted the herpes and didn`t even insist on protection. Looking back, I think we were both naive about that, though I don`t think I ever transmitted the virus to him. Fast forward another 10 years and after being tired of celibacy, I decided I didn`t have to wait for "Mr. Right" but instead could just have sex for fun (not out of control fun, but not necessarily in a committed relationship). I made the mistake of not telling two partners ahead of time and when they found out (we hadn`t used protection), they freaked out. That said, they did calm down after a couple weeks and though I never had sex with either one of them again, I`m not so sure they wouldn`t have if given the chance. After them, I decided I HAD to tell any future partner, serious or not. The next time did not go so well. I thought this was someone who could be long-term, but his fear of getting herpes apparently trumped his interest in me. Ditto for the next (and much younger) guy...actually, what`s got him freaked out (happening now) is that we had oral sex and he`s afraid I transmitted the virus to him that way. (I`ve sent him all sorts of research showing how rare that is, but doesn`t seem to be helping.) I don`t want to be celibate again, but the rejection is so much worse that living with the virus in the first place! (I use suppressive therapy and have for years...every time I go off it, I get an outbreak around my next period or the next time I get a cold, even though my first outbreak was over 15 years ago. Not worth taking the chance.) [47255]

Gender: M
Age: 45
Married: Y
State: Québec
Country: Canada
Experience...
I contracted the herpes when i was young.It was very difficult to live with the it. I contact it with my sister. My family kick me out of the house because they don`t want to contract it. I talk about that with someone but they don`t take me seriously. [47253]

Gender: M
Age: 24
Married: Y
State: in
Country: usa
Experience...
Recentlt my wife and i went to the doctor because of some strange sores below the belt line on her private area. It was herpes... we dont know were it came from, i have never had an outbreak or anything to give the inclatation that either of us have have ever had it prior. im worried not because she has a positive diagnosis of herpes but that she will become depressed or grossed out, or possibly loose intrest in me and our marriage. to me, shes still the same beautiful, smart, and the most precious person in my life. and my feelings will never change. what a rough day that was. wish us luck [47250]

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Gender: F
Age: 50
Married: Y
State: Mi
Country: Us
Experience...
9 weeks and still in outbreak when will it stop? [47248]

Gender: F
Age: 46
Married: Y
State: fl
Country: usa
Experience...
yes,am in alone in this but, i never had lesions. i have psoriasis on my shoulders and chest and use dermatology recommended cream and it goes away. i tested pos for both 1 and 2 but never lesions. im confused, valtrex makes me sick after taking it a few days. im really confused. jrb [47246]

Gender: F
Age: 22
Married: N
State: Florida
Country: United States
Experience...
lbeen with my partner for years I was a virgen when I met him not prior sex experience. Just now 2 moths ago I go an outbreak that led to the test with the results you do not want to heard. Causing us(my relatioship) to point fingers at each others.I must say couples should get test it regularly even if you trust your partner. [47245]

Gender: F
Age: 38
Married: N
State: california
Country: usa
Experience...
i dont knw if i have herpes. i just feel itchy on my low lip and i knda see that there is a small little red dot on top of my lips that wont heal nd iichy sometimes. . im scared. s there any other cause of herpes rather than sex? [47234]

Gender: F
Age: 37
Married: N
State: new york
Experience...
found out 3 months ago i had herpes..i was devastated..i told my partner and his response was "i dont have it"..he doesnt go to the doctor or get checked out..he lives a very promiscous life and he had a situation where the female told him she had it after intercourse..so afraid for my daughter who is 3 yrs old..praying every day that she does not have it..im very sad and depressed alot. Some days are better than others but its so much easier said than done..who`s gonna except me with this..i did my reaearch and i truly beileive he gave this too me knowing he had it..how selfish is that and now were not even together anymore and hes running around here like he has nothing sleeping with different females [47228]

Gender: F
Age: 28
Married: N
State: Texas
Experience...
I made the mistake of trusting the wrong person and chose not to use protection. My first outbreak was the worst and lasted almost two weeks. I felt as if I had the flu, my muscles ached, my inguinal lymph nodes were sore (as well as my lower abdomen) and I had one lesion that was very painful upon urination. I can tell I`m going to have another outbreak when my skin feels tingly and sometimes itchy and it`s usually around the time of a menstrual period or when my immune system is further compromised by being sick or extremely stressed. [47225]

Gender: F
Age: 40
Married: N
State: PA
Country: united states
Experience...
I don`t know why but I have no outbreaks [47218]

Gender: F
Age: 45
Married: Y
State: CT
Country: US
Experience...
I contracted Genital Herpes from a boyfriend when I was 18. I was mortified and embarrassed. I got kicked out of the boarding house I was living in because people thought they would catch it from me. My doctor told me reducing the stress in my life, eating less caffeine, getting a good nights sleep and abstaining from sexual activity when I was showing signs of an outbreak would help me. I used calamine lotion genitally and that took away some of the itch and pain. At first I was broken out for six weeks, then it seemed to come every time I got my period. Back then I had multiple sexual partners and had to tell them about it which was very embarrassing. After that I told all my future sex partners and most have not cared. Some want to use condoms and others take the risk. Now at age 45, I rarely break out anymore. I did get oral herpes a few years back but it was mild. I tell others that get it, who come to me for advice, don`t bother with the medicines and let your body work its magic. Eventually, the pain and frequency of flair ups will go away. I wrote about my experiences in my book Bad Girl Gone Mom under my pen name K.C. Lauer. [47215]

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Gender: F
Age: 28
Married: N
State: co
Country: usa
Experience...
My very first boyfriend got it in daycare and avoided telling me that he had it. He wasn`t educated in his condition because he contracted it as a child. However he knew enough not to tell me before we kissed or had sex. It is so depressing knowing that he avoided me when he had an outbreak....because if I would have known I would have stayed away from him and never dated him. That may sound cruel however I feel that he has ruined my chances of living a normal life. Having a husband and children. I have isolated myself for years and just thought that it was acne. I was seeing a dermatologist for years and he treated it as cystic acne. So I guess I was living in denial that I even had the virus. I finally got tested three years ago and wasn`t good with taking the acyclovir because I felt that it didn`t work and lied to myself a little longer in thinking that I was misdiagnosed. Well I am in reality now and it is quite embarrassing. I am a very beautiful woman and now I feel ugly and tainted that no one would ever give me a chance and I would never lie about it to a potential date due to the hatred that I have toward my first ex. [47214]

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