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I guess it's time for me to introduce myself. I've been lurking here for about a week now and it has helped me so much. I'd just like to say thank you to everyone here for all the encouraging words and support you share. I'm a 19 year old girl living in Canada, just diagnosed with herpes(not sure what type yet, results should be in next week sometime). I got genital herpes from my boyfriend who has had no symptoms at all but he has had coldsores in the past. I had coldsores too but not for a really long time. I think I got ghsv because my immune system is all screwed up from having surgery and not giving my body enough time to heal. My appendix ruptured and I stayed in the hospital for 4 days. I felt fine after that so I started drinking and going out like I used to(big mistake there, next time I will take better care of myself).

It's been a difficult week but reading the posts here have really helped me through my first very painful outbreak.

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gotitsowhat

Welcome!

Sorry we didn't meet under better circumstances!

I've had GH for about 12 years now. I am a 63 yr old lady living in Los Angeles, home of the healthy, the wealthy and the glamorous--and me.

One thing that is particularly hopeful if you are 19 yrs old--a vaccine will probably be available sometime in the next decade, maybe in 4-5 yrs. if we are lucky. I am hoping I will live long enough to see it and maybe I will. You almost certainly will. When the vaccine comes out anyone will be able to gain protection from this virus and then the terrible social stigma will fade away. For most of us, that is the worst part of this, having to get used to having an illness we can't cure and must discuss with anyone with whom we'd like to be intimate sexually. Some people seem to live with it better than others. I hid from all social contact for ten years but now I am "out of the closet" about my herpes and I no longer consider it a secret. You can read my story under the Autobiography section.

This is a great website and has given me a lot of hope and strength. Again, sorry about the herpes but glad to have you here.

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