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I find myself falling into a depression every time an outbreak occurs. Even though I am happily married to an understanding gift of a man I can't help but be bothered by this. Anyone else feel the same?? I worry that I won't wash my hands soon enough and pass it on to my son or my husband. Or if it gets on my clothes and it touched my son I will somehow infect him. I've had this hsv2 since before my husband I dated.  I'm just so grateful for him. 

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It's normal to feel that way,but overtime once you put it into perspective it lessens. Depression minimizes and mazimes certain things, its basically distorted thinking.A little like how a very skinny girl looks in the mirror and sees a overweight girl.Depression is serious, but its 100% treatable.Go talk to a GP and see a therapist, and when you have outbreaks keep yourself as busy as possible. 

Write down the facts.Keep them in a journal, and when you feel a bit overwhelmed look at it and reassure yourself.You can't transmit through clothing, only skin to skin contact on the place where you have lesions. If it were that easily transmitted everyone would have cold sores all over their  bodies. 

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Depression is a tough thing. There are a few good websites that talk about self-compassion. In those moments where you feel dirty or ashamed, create a little something (maybe a music playlist, or a photo album, or a craft project) that can keep you grounded. Those emotions aren't rooted in fact - remember, once the first year passes, its actually pretty hard to transmit the virus. Also, lets pretend worst case scenario you do - what will happen? Relatives pass herpes through kissing to young kids all the time all over the world - no one is less for it. Herpes is just a superficial virus for the large majority of people.

Asking for a hug when you feel down is always great too :)

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