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Hey everyone, 

I've been rather bummed about my diagnosis lately. I'm 2months in and was "ok" for a little while and since me and my partner (who gave this to me) have broken up, I've been really upset. He was kind of my secrurity blanket. I loved him, he gave this to me ghsv1 via oral sex, and he didn't view me any different after my diagnosis. I guess I got use to the reassurance and comfort. 

But ANYWAYS, (sorry for the little rant) back to what I saying. I would like to hear some stories for those of you with hsv1 genitally and how it's affected your life. I've heard both ends of the spectrum. One being that it basically made them a leper and other who say it's literally affected them none and none of their parameters have cared. I had my initial Ob in the middle of August and haven't really had anything since (fingers crossed). 

I'm not on suppressive meds. I eat kind of bad, take vit c+ l-lysine and zinc but I've also been incredibly stressed and upset lately. Still no OB

So what's your ghsv1 story? Do you disclose? If so, have you been rejected? How has life treated you? 

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I have been ghsv1 positive for 5 years now. I found out my sophomore year of college, when i had my initial outbreak. When i found out, I was so depressed, scared to tell family and friends. I was in a really bad place. It took me about 4 months to start feeling normal and less like a leper. After that first out break 5 years ago i have not had another one until now. I'm feeling a tiny bit crappy about my lady parts but i'm actually okay. Since being diagnosed, I've disclosed just about every time except for one time. I've been in 3 Relationships, and a few flings. Honestly, I haven't been rejected. As scary as it is to disclose most of the the time guys are receptive and understanding. I've been told that they respected me more for being open and honest. I've learned if i make it seem like i'm plagued he will see me as plagued. I've also learned that if a guy walks away because of this he is not the one for me. Life has treated me well and taught me how to love myself, including this new partner for life(herpster). The one time i didn't disclose i found myself feeling ridiculously guilty and scared, I didn't pass anything to him (Thank God). Life does not end with Herpes,and GHSV1 i think is the easier of the virus. Things do get a lot easier. You will find love, and still can have great passionate sex.  I'm bad at writing post, but i hope I've offered you some comfort. 

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  • 3 weeks later...

I found out just 2 weeks after meeting someone new. When I found out I was in shock for about 4 days. I immediately disclosed as soon as I felt better, being safe and not wanting to put him at risk. He was typical in that he didn't want to walk away. About a week later, i noticed some physical distance. We had a serious talk about it and I told him to be honest with me about how he felt and what he really wanted to do. I gave him the easy out, told him I would respect him...he wouldn't let me go. Continues to call, etc. We did downgrade to friends because of issues he's having.

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I am feeling so mentally and psychically drained. I'm not sure if it's the Valtrex or my depression or something else but I literally feel like my soul and the life I had in me has been ripped out. I don't even feel like a person. 

Thank you for the replies though. I appreciate someone else's story and what's happening to someone else who has this. I thought it would make me feel better but it hasn't. I'm not sure why. I just can't anymore. 

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Hi! I've recently been diagnosed with ghsv1 too. I'm sorry you are feeling depressed, but I'm here if you ever need to talk. And I've read a lot of success stories so far! 

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