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I was diagonsed with herpes about 2months ago. i have been searching for a web site to talk to people that would understand how i am feeling, and not be judgemental.

i still have to tell the person i believe gave it to me. i feel as if he took away my self esteem, and life. i am only 18, and i have a lot of life to live yet. to cope with the diagnoses, i started writing poetry again, and it has helped a little, but there is still that feeling within me that no one will ever want to be with me and i will be alone forever.


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You won't be alone forever but sometimes it's good to start out by yourself so that you can figure out who you are first... know what I mean?

The more you know about herpes the better you will be... keep asking questions and researching.

Hang in there,


PS Expressing yourself through poetry is a good thing!

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  • 2 weeks later...

Life does go on.

I know how you feel. It definitely affects how you view yourself as a woman. But please don't let it keep you down. There is hope for a wonderful, fulfilling life shared with someone who deserves you for the special person that you are.

I am 32 years old and was looking forward to finding someone special to marry and have children with when I was diagnosed 6 months ago. When I first found out, I felt like my dreams had been stripped away. But everything has worked out. I have educated myself, and came out honestly to those who I might be interested in.

I don't want to paint a rosy picture. When I found out I had it, someone I was interested in at the time could not handle it and is no longer in my life. There may be rejection before you find someone, or you may have to focus on searching out someone else who has it.

Due to the stigma, I have found it helpful to meet people online where there is more anonymity. I belong to a site for people with STDs, positivesingles.com, and have also posted very honest profiles on mainstream dating sites as well. There are a lot of really nice people out there who have responded just to say kudos for being honest. And I have met someone very special who accepts me without being turned off by what I have.

Hang in there, and if you need to talk...


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