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gingeread

I just finished reading a book with HSV+ characters - the first I'd ever come across. Our entertainment establishment will talk about the bacterial STDs, and the end of the world STDs (like AIDS), but HSV lives in this middle ground where it isn't the end of the world (it just feels like it when you're first diagnosed) but it can't be cured yet, so no one talks about it.

I was wondering if anyone else knew of any other fiction books that deal with HSV in a way that acknowledges it but doesn't vilify people that have it...

gingeread.

(incidentally, if anyone else is interested, the book is here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Camellia-Resistance-Camellias-ebook/dp/B00AXMRPL2/ )

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lingolimbo

That's cool. It's part of the whole problem isn't it. If 16% of people have herpes genitally, it is relatively normal and yet, there is no representation of people who have it. It's quite bizarre actually given how far minority representation has come for lots of other groups. The whole herpes phenomenon is just so strange and doesn't make any sense to me. Was going to ask how they portrayed it - did she struggle with it etc. but I just downloaded it - cool. thanks!

And no, I do not know of any representations of hsv that are not extremely degrading and awful :-)

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Iridewheelies

I have to admit I opened this thread hoping a dancer was asking questions about working with hsv. Smh shame on me

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Vidhya
That's cool. It's part of the whole problem isn't it. If 16% of people have herpes genitally, it is relatively normal and yet, there is no representation of people who have it. It's quite bizarre actually given how far minority representation has come for lots of other groups. The whole herpes phenomenon is just so strange and doesn't make any sense to me. Was going to ask how they portrayed it - did she struggle with it etc. but I just downloaded it - cool. thanks!

And no, I do not know of any representations of hsv that are not extremely degrading and awful :-)

The Herpes Viruses Association from the UK does a good job in representing people with HSV and dispelling myths and ignorance. The phenomenon is exclusive of your Anglo-Saxon world (US, Australia, the UK partially). If you go and say to a French, German, European, South-American that you don't know of "any representation of cold sores that is not extremely degrading and awful", people will have to think for a while to understand what you're talking about. The "genital cold sore" has yet to be villified and demonized in the way it was on your shores. Just the title in this thread... In most languages it would be "Cold sores in entertainment"...

Cheers

http://www.herpes.org.uk/

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gingeread
Was going to ask how they portrayed it - did she struggle with it etc. but I just downloaded it - cool. thanks!

And no, I do not know of any representations of hsv that are not extremely degrading and awful :-)

I thought the way it was handled was pretty realistic... initially devastating but as time goes on, it becomes a part of the main character, not the defining characteristic. One of my friends who is also HSV+ read it and pretty much ordered me to do the same. :)

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gingeread

I noticed the book is up on amazon for free today. Just in case anybody else wants to pick it up. The link is above...

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gingeread

I was on the author's blog today and saw that the book is free again... The truth is that I really want someone else to read it so I can talk about it with someone who gets it... :)

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lingolimbo

ok. Just finished reading it :-) It was a good read. I was a bit disappointed that it was sci fi, I thought it might be based in current times and more realistic... then again, maybe it'd be a pretty boring book - herpes isn't that interesting! I liked what it was saying about living life and taking risks and the good and the bad in life are both beautiful. But also, where are my super powers!? and can't someone come and rescue me and let me join some super awesome group (I mean, this website is ok, but... doesn't quite cut it!)?

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gingeread

And here I was thinking that this website is full of super awesome people and that our super power is turning a big pile of poop into a pretty damn good life. :)

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lingolimbo
:-) Yeah, you're right. lots of awesome people on here, dealing with it in inspiring ways. I'm not quite there with my super powers. still dealing with the big pile of poo! I'll get there!

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Acesheart

I personally think that all the Hott and Positive people hang out here ;) . Everyone here I've seen with heroes are so damn awesome and cute too! Oh, and handsome too! ..I'd rather hang with this crowd than any outsider I've met in 25 years. Long freaking time to get popular :gigglegiggle: . I was so cool way before my time. Hugs to all Ace :itsme:

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