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I thought I would share my story just in case there are any young people like me who unfortunately have been cursed with this. I am nineteen and have been with my boyfriend for years, he is the only person I have ever been with. However before he was with me he had been with a number of other girls, one of which have him the virus. He passed it on to me at the start of this year, it was horrible. I didn't know he had it so it came as a huge shock. I was in so much pain I didn't know what to do, I was so embarrassed I thought I couldn't tell anyone, but eventually told my mum I was uncomfortable "down there". She took me to the doctor and he told me I was infected.

I hid in my room for a week. I was ashamed to tell my boyfriend, even though it was clear it was from him. In the week I was hiding away my symptoms were reaching extreme pain levels, in this dreadful week a close friend of mine passed away. This made me feel so so so low, I was in too much pain to leave my room how was I supposed to handle this as well!?

Eventually I spoke to my boyfriend, he felt so horrible, he had no idea what it was and went to the doctor straight away.

It's been almost 12 month now, and I'm yet to have another outbreak. I saw a councillor for a while, to help deal with the idea that this will be with me for life. I manage what I eat and my exercise levels so I am doing everything I can to not have an outbreak and to keep my life as normal as possible.

Happy to talk to any young (or old) person who is suffering, because I know what it's like. I've done the salt water wash, the awkward peeing, taken the pain killers and pretty much everything else.

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I got the virus when I was 20. That was 34 years ago. The first outbreak is almost always the worst and your future symptoms with this will likely be much less, and maybe even non existent.

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