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Hi all, 12 months after my HSV2 diagnosis (whitlow as well as G) and I finally got bored of googling every possible complication or unusual symptom related to this virus. My mind and body have been struggling for this past year, but it's mostly back to normal now. Haven't had an OB in almost 4 months now.
I remember the panic during my first one.. it was at the start of a weekend, so I couldn't go anywhere to at least feel like I was being pro-active - all I could do was lie in bed. I couldn't believe my luck - 3 partners total (always protected, but failed on occasion) - I felt dirty and suspicious of everything about her, and any little hint of some kind of symptom. In hindsight, probably this stress and anxiety was the cause of many symptoms I had blamed on HSV - this illness seems to be 80% psychological due to the stigma of that word Herpes.
For people newly diagnosed, try to shed that stigma - It's what happens when ignorance meets realities that need an open mind, and can make your recovery much more difficult. If you research the virus, bore yourself with it, learn the statistics, live healthily and build yourself back up, you will have beaten an obstacle and become stronger through it. One of a few silver linings with this thing.
Hope I can talk to people who need it, or others from the UK. I didn't spot this board in the beginning, but I did find a similar US site which proved so helpful at that time. Sometimes it feels a bit lonely like there's me, then all the normal people.. especially if faced with conversations involving sex. That's probably the main reason I looked for this forum... I know most people probably have their own secrets that cause the same effect, but I'm just not used to it yet.