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Hello out there everyone! Im new to the site, but I'm looking forward to making some new friends in a similar situation. There aren't really any support groups near where I live so I figured why not find one online.

I have HSV-1 genitally. I got it from my now ex-boyfriend of almost two years who had it orally and failed to inform me. Its funny how cold sores on your mouth are talked about so nonchalantly, but tell people you have them on your crotch and all of a sudden you're a leper. Honestly, having HSV-1 orally is not only more contagious than having it genitally, but its also in a place where people can see. At least if I have an outbreak no one will know!

I have only had one outbreak so far, the initial one back in August. Im trying not to let it get to me, but sometimes I get down. Its nice to know that there are others out there! I don't think im ready to date just yet, but when I am I dread that first time I have to have THE TALK with someone I really like.

Anyway, just wanted too say hey from Montana!

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:hello: Welcome VBear,

Today is my first day on the Forum too.

I agree with you about the cold sores - I've never seen a Valtrex commercial for it :rolleyes: so people just go on thinking that it is not a big deal and just spread it around.

Don't let it get you down too much. As far as the talk, try some online dating sites for people that have herpes - maybe you will meet someone there and the talk will not be necessary.

I wish both us fun on this site.



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Thanks! I'll definitely look into some of those sites when Im ready to get back out there. I try not to let it bother me so much, I may never even have another outbreak and they say the first one is usually the worst. Most of the time I even forget that I have it. Plus if the stats are true then most people have it and just don't know it...so really, we have a leg up on them! :D

And yes the ex had to go, but for more reasons than the herpes. Its possible that because it was on his face he didn't think it was a big deal. Which is totally unfair! Now he' will know for future reference to give out that information. Life goes on! :)

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Welcome vbear and Phalaenopsis! I'm glad you both found this site. It helped (and still helps) me realize I am not alone in this. Herpes sucks, but it is totally possible to have a wonderful life even with this annoying little virus.

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