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Hi all, im new to the site but was diagnosed about a year and a half ago. I luckily seemed to get a pretty mild case of hsv-2, because since my first outbreak i've been fine up until now. This outbreak is different though, no lesions, but the same flu symptoms i had the first time, lethargic and achy. And also lower back pain. Does that sound familiar to anyone else? Anyway, i think the worst parts for me have been worrying that ill infect my current partner who is herpes free and dealing with the whole "stigma". A few weeks ago i learned that a few of my so called "friends" who i made the mistake of confiding in when i was first diagnosed have basically blasted my business to anyone who'll listen behind my back. Which has been pretty tough. When i realized that it actually sent me into a depression which i think brought on this outbreak. Which is ironic and depressing in itself. So thats my story, lol. Ill bet a lot of you have similar ones. Nice to meet some people in the same boat. 

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