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Hello... I don't know who to turn to. I was screened for std at PP. I turned out positive for hsv1 and 2... I've only had cold sores and I've never had a genital outbreak. I am afraid to fall in a dark depression. I am single, and consider myself attractive but I am disgusted with myself don't see how anyone would want to be with me now. 

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Check out the chatroom here if you haven't already and the Secrets to our Success forum. The chatroom is a great place to talk to people going through the same thing/to get advice from people who've been there, and the Secrets to our Success forum is a great place to read stories about people who have found love/happiness with herpes. Also, I recommend looking up Ella Dawson; she's my favorite herpes+ blogger. 

I know it seems like the end of the world right now, but I promise you it gets better. Herpes isn't the big deal stigma makes it out to be. I've only ever had one outbreak ever, and I'm supposed to live my life in fear of rejection and be alone forever? Nope, can't live like that. You shouldn't either. I was diagnosed last November and I've told 5 potential partners and was not rejected by ANY of them. You'd be surprised how little of a deal it can be, especially once you can approach it from a place of confidence. And don't think you have to settle now! I think I've actually raised the bar for my partners since getting herpes because I try to take my time to get to know them and to see if they are kind and compassionate people. It's not as bad as you think. Keep your head up and try to make your way through this!

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The initial shock is always the worst feeling in the world(nd I've been shot with a tazzer gun) much worst than tht,  i wish i went str8 to this site instead of doing what ur doing for 3 months. Literally went to wrk, nd bsck home. But u can talk to ppl on here , really, holding all tht in will only make it worst, nd well propel u into deep isolation, i just got on this site todsy nd i already feel like all tht weight i was kerping in stsrting to lift, i hated the world,  But dont forget it can still be a beautiful world if we let it. 

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Thanks for your encouraging words. Is there anyway to know how long I've had this? I know I had a cold sore a couple years back. But I tested over 5 for both hsv 1 and 2, (planned parenthood) did not give me the exact numbers). Is it certain that I will get a genital outbreak? So confused. :( 

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