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I would have never in my life thought I would catch something of the sort. Im a newbie to the site but have had HSV for several years. (Time goes by too fast). I just recently started researching website and tools that I can communicate with others about this. This seems like a good forum so hopefully I can learn more and get to know people that have HSV and see how they cope. 

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Hi Augbaby! Welcome and stay a while :)

Everyone's experience with HSV is a little bit different. I had oral HSV since I was a child and only realized what it was late in high school. I suffered with consistent symptoms all the way through post secondary education until I made a few changes in my diet and lifestyle, which seems to have stopped the cycle for good (it has been 4-5 years now).

Keep an eye out on the chat room as it is also a good place to check out for support.

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Hi VVK, if you don't mind me asking since you've had it as a child how did you get it? How do tell someone about it that you may be interested in talking to? Thanks for the info, I will definitely check out the chat room! 

So it's been 4-5 years since you had an outbreak? If so that's awesome! 

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Unfortunately it happened at a point where I do not remember exactly how exactly I got it - maybe from my parents or maybe from another adult that decided to kiss me as a child.

I think when talking to someone about it, it's good to work into the topic from an angle that covers health in general. Chances are that the person you are talking to is affected by HSV and other infections. If you are meaning to talk to a person about it and you plan to be intimate with them, perhaps discuss sexual health in general at a point leading up to intimacy, where you can ask them about their history and then be honest with them about yours.

Do you know what type of HSV you have? 1 or 2?


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21 hours ago, Augbaby88 said:

Hi VVK, if you don't mind me asking since you've had it as a child how did you get it? How do tell someone about it that you may be interested in talking to? Thanks for the info, I will definitely check out the chat room! 

So it's been 4-5 years since you had an outbreak? If so that's awesome! 

Welcome to the site.  The cold sore approach can also be used to disclosed rather than saying i have herpes.  But agree that its a two way street.  Still important to know the other persons std status. I would also like to just say that don't assume how another person might react because you don't know their own circumstances or how they view it.  I have begun only had positive outcomes and I thought that I would never meet someone who would accept me.  Several guys I have told have  oral herpes at  any rate and it really is no different it is just a different location

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