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I just found out a few weeks ago that I have HSV. The doctor told me that it was the "below the waist" kind, so I'm guessing that it's HSV2. I haven't read too much about it all yet. I've had other things going on and have successfully pushed it to the back of my head. Now it's a new year and I find myself reaching out. I'll be honest, I'm not online very much. I'm horrible about returning to any kind of message board to see if people responded. I will do my best, but if there is an email option here (I believe there was) I'd prefer emails to posts, my life is very busy and being online doesn't happen very often as a result.

I read through some of the other into posts and saw that there are people in various professions that have pointed it out that it can happen to anyone. That in and of itself helped quite a bit. I've never had an outbreak, probably never will according to my doctor.

I suppose I'm just looking for friends that I can talk to about this. It's hard to talk to people that haven't been there, and I've only approached that with my mom and best friend. Thanks for listening.


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HI there. I feel for ya, just finding out and stuff. Its tough to take at first, but it will get better and easier (sort of!) with time. Just be thankful you don't get outbreaks! THat is a blessing!

You MUST get 'type tested'. Ask your doctor if they did a type specific blood test so you know if you have HSV 1 or 2, or both. (You CAN have type 1 down below, and its milder and sometimes doesnt have many outbreaks, so that could be what you have, might not necessarily be type 2 just because its 'down below').

YES this can happen to ANYONE!! Rich, poor, committed relationships, promiscuous people, etc, doesn't matter. The more you educate yourself, the more you'll see what a crazy virus this is. A ton of people don't know they even have it, its dormant, etc. Hence how rampant it truly is. There is a big stigma, so most people are not educated on it. People get a 'cold sore' or 'fever blister' on their lip and its no big deal. They 'Forget' its actually HERPES. They call it a cute little name and its ok. I get it genitally and I'm typhoid Mary, doesn't make sense!

But,,it is what it is. I've learned to live with it, sort of. Learned lessons along the way. If you need an email buddy, let me know!

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