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Hi everyone. I was diagnosed about a week ago and I am struggling tremendously. I feel very alienated and dirty. My doctor was not much help and told me it doesn't matter which type of HSV I have because they are treated the same way.  I am so embarrassed. I feel as if no one will ever want to be with me because of herpes. How do all of you cope with these aweful feelings?

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Check out "herpblr" on Tumblr ! It's a support group :) bunch of people on there that have Tumblr's based on them having herpes and how they deal with it. Super encouraging! Check it out when you have time !

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On Sunday, December 25, 2016 at 10:52 AM, busybee_2 said:

My doctor was not much help and told me it doesn't matter which type of HSV I have because they are treated the same way.

I really think you need to go and see a different doctor because it is important to know whether it is HSV 1 or 2.   There is a definite Distinction between genital HSV 1 and hsv2. hsv1 you can have less outbreaks and is lower risk of transmission than hsv2.  Which is something pretty significant when you going to be disclosing to a future partner.  But yes in terms of medication you do treat the same.

In terms of feeling dirty why do you think that.  I do not think that I'm dirty because I have herpes. it is a virus and unfortunately has a stupid stigma attached to it.   hsv does not change who you are it's only your mind that changes how you feel about yourself.  just know in time that it does get better

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On 12/25/2016 at 4:46 PM, Jensan40 said:

Its normal to feel dirty after a diagnosis. Once you realize nearly 75% of the population has it, you stop feeling dirty. I use herbs to be break out free.

Thank you very much :)

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