Herpes Discussion Forums

  1. Welcome - New Members

    1. Just signed up? Say hello here!

      If you are new to our Herpes Support Forum please introduce yourself! We would love to meet you.

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    2. Newly Diagnosed

      A herpes or cold sore diagnosis can sometimes come as a shock. Share your feelings or ask questions here.

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    3. Personal Experience with Herpes

      How has herpes or cold sores affected your life? Share your experience with us for support and encouragement.

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  2. Living with Herpes

    1. Spreading and Preventing Herpes

      A discussion about herpes transmission. Talk about the possibilities and share your thoughts and experiences.

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    2. Sex and Kissing

      A special section to discuss how herpes and cold sores affect your sex life and physical affection.

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    3. ♡ Dating and Relating

      Talk about your current situation, finding and keeping love, avoiding sex during outbreaks and everything related to dating with herpes.

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    4. Disclosure. Telling Someone About Herpes.

      Get a different perspective. Giving the herpes talk to someone can be nerve-racking, but we've got your back. You can do this!

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    5. About My Outbreaks

      A discussion about herpes and cold sore outbreaks - talk about the frequency, severity and possible "triggers". What is the pattern of your recurrences?

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    6. Pregnancy, Conception and Herpes

      A discussion about pregnancy, childbirth and having children when herpes is involved. Ask questions or share your story here to inspire others.

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    7. I Have a Loved One with Herpes

      Support for partners, friends and relatives. Ask questions and share your experience - we would love to hear from you.

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  3. Herpes Awareness

    1. Herpes Treatment Zone

      What works, what doesn't. Discuss anything related to managing and treating herpes and cold sores.

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    2. Herpes Cure Research

      Discuss the latest developments and what is being done RIGHT NOW to bring an end to herpes.

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    3. Herpes, Justice and the Law

      Discuss legal issues, laws in your area, precedents and the BIG DEBATE about whether TO sue or NOT to sue for herpes damages. Join in...

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    4. Technical Discussion

      Technical and Scientific questions and contributions relating to the herpes virus.

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  4. Unsure???

    1. Could I Have Herpes or Cold Sores?

      Discuss issues such as herpes symptoms and commonly confused conditions. Post your questions, experiences, advice and more.

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    2. Herpes Tests and Diagnosis

      Talk about different herpes tests and their results, your experiences with Doctors and clinics, the accuracy of herpes tests and more.

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  5. Coping and Acceptance

    1. The Secret to My Success

      A special segment about mental attitude, successful relationships and the silver lining to having herpes. No negativity in this section thanks! Share your wisdom, random thoughts and positive stories here.

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    2. Rant & Rave

      Need to let off some steam? If you want to get something off your chest we're listening!

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    3. Keeping the Faith

      Talk openly about having herpes in respect to your religion or faith. Is herpes accepted? How do YOU feel? Discuss your religious or spiritual point of view here.

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    4. Rainbow Resource

      A place for our gay, lesbian, bi and transgender members.

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    5. Art & Poetry Corner

      Express how you are feeling by sharing poems, songs, artwork and pieces. All contributions welcome.

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    6. Bog of Eternal Stench

      You don't have to look on the bright side of life! This is a place to vent your doom & gloom and be the pessimist if you need to. Positive contributions are welcome but not necessary. Stink it up people!

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  6. Herpes through the Ages

    1. Teens

      Connect here with teens and young adults. Tell us what you're up to, ask questions and get help in moving forward.

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    2. 20's

      If you are in your 20's please come on in and say hi! Talk about dating, meeting people, friends and other challenges of our generation.

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    3. 30 sumthings

      If you are in your 30s and want to talk to others of the same age group please make a post here. We would love to meet you!

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    4. 40+ crew

      This is a forum section specifically for the more mature folks in here. Chat about whatever you like and get to know some of our wise old members.

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    5. 55+ years wise

      This is the senior 'distinguished' section of our Herpes Support Forums. Post a message and say hi!

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    6. Support Buddies - Where are y'all from?

      Connect with peeps in your region and help others realize that no-one is alone with herpes.

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  7. Chit Chat Lounge

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    2. Talk about Non-Herpes Stuff

      Open up and talk about WHATEVER you like!

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  8. How to Use this Site

    1. Forum Q&A

      Having a problem working our site, or unsure what something means? Ask your question here.

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    • honey_6974
      You are talking about science, and we don't need believers in science. The skepticism is healthy. Whoever you are, we want you to succeed. When you start your campaign, I will donate, and I also volunteer my services as a software developer pro bono, though I'm not sure how much use you have for that. Understand that most members of this forum are medical laymen — myself included — and although your posts sound convincing, it'd be unwise for any of us to inject mystery fluid into our spines because an anonymous Internet user told us to. Please send a direct message if you wish to communicate privately.
    • @lw@ys
      I'M THINKING THE HYDROCORTISOL IS YOUR MAIN ISSUE. Just my opinion.
    • Delphinium
      Thanks Free73!
    • crisper
      Agreed! So, how do we go from anonymity to working as a group? Maybe we can contact those we are friends with outside of the hive. Or, divide those interested by location. Or create another website. 
    • Prettypony
      I agree with both replies. I too had a mini break down, and cried all day for days. But I started to research like crazy and it really did help me come to terms with my diagnosis. Not only that but it made me feel like I had some control over it. You will get there.  Give yourself time and keep coming back to this site, it is full of great advice and support. I'm sorry you are going through this.
    • wb1242
      @JBnATL, thanks for the clarification. That's great to know. I'll almost certainly reach out to her. @Sanguine108, I have been tracking my food intake carefully for a couple of months in MyFitnessPal.  Though my nutrition isn't optimized for my current goals, I don't think there are any smoking guns in there wrt to this.. @Free73, thank you!  Great information. I think you've hit on several major points.  The hydrocortisone, in combination with the major change and 'shock' to the system, as well as general 'stress', has compromised my immune system, or at least pissed-off the HSV..  I guess it's not uncommon to see an increase in outbreaks during periods of stress and change to the body such as these.. My exercise routine is evolving as I'm still a beginner. I started in July and have been averaging ~4 workouts a week, ~100x10 sets,reps/wk.. I've been hampered lately by a strained pec minor a week or so ago which has impacted most of my upper-body work. Also, my body probably sees the additional energy demand as even more stressful due to my adrenal/RT3 issues and reduced caloric intake.  I set my levels in MFP and Garmin Connect about as low as they would let me and I'm still almost always way under.. Since you've been working out all along, what do you think has caused you increased outbreaks? 
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