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This may sound weird...But maybe herpes saved me?


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Hello all! I know that it's been awhile since I've posted, but I've started a new job, moved into a new apartment and all of these other fabulous things (yes, life goes on!)

When I found out I had contracted HSV-1 I really thought my life was over...but now that I'm months removed from my initial diagnosis I can look back at what I was doing with myself. I was not making smart decisions, and (obviously) I was too trusting (if anyone remembers my back story, they'll know what I'm talking about.)

Having this has forced me to watch my behavior, think of the consequences, and really take care of myself. Yes, it's true that I can't enjoy the occassional random hookup or the drunken fun...but that's what GOT me into this mess. Now I carry myself like a lady at all times because it is always on my mind when I meet someone new or am out with my friends...And no matter what the reason, making smart and mature decisions for yourself is never a bad thing.

Thanks to Herpes??? ha ha.

And I have been outbreak free since my initial one in May, aside from one small cold sore on my lip a couple weeks ago. Life is still good!

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Your post is exactly what I think to keep myself looking at the bright side of things. I feel that contracting this has really awakened me and made me more aware of the potential consequences given my decision making. I look at it as though it saved me from something worse like HIV and I can be appreciative for that.

I know for those that are brand new to it, you find it hard to see a "bright" side of things but overtime, you'll start to take notice of the positive outcome of having this naggy ass disease - it forces you to be more cautious, to live better, take care of yourself better, etc.

Best wishes to everyone...

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Yeah people with herpes that stop drinking start taking vitamins better care of themselves changing diets they prolly will live longer then people who don't.

Always best to look on the bright side of things. These forums are a wonderful thing for alot of people and it pleases me to be a part of them.

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