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Reactions to Herpes in South-East Asia?

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viralfrog

Does anyone have experience about people's reactions to Herpes in Asia? Personally I live in Thailand where I also caught the virus as a condom broke 4 years ago. 

Unfortunately I infected my ex-girlfriend with HSV-2. This was just after I had caught the virus myself and we had sex before I noticed and realised what it was. In the beginning, a local doctor told me I have just hurt my foreskin with my jeans' zipper and the tests came as negative. After getting tested later it came as positive. 

Anyways, my ex-gf (well educated, professional, 26 years old then) she had no idea what Herpes was in the first place. She didn't really care too much about it and didn't bother to get tested. During our 3 year relationship we kept having unprotected sex as usual and she never had any issues until at the end one day. She had a very minor outbreak once and nothing after that (lucky her, no like myself who gets terrible symptoms non-stop). I know she has a strong immune system, because she was never sick despite myself having bad colds quite often. In any case, she could not care less about this virus and didn't mind at all.

I've seen a lot of hysteria surrounding Herpes in Europe and the US. What has been your experience in South-East Asian countries like Thailand? Do people perceive HSV-2 as a worrying disease? 

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islandhopper

I acquired HSV2 about 7 years ago from my Thai girlfriend at the time, who had 'played away' We got back together and i asked her to get checked up, but of course, they dont check for HSV. I was more concerned about HIV.

She didnt know what HSV was, and to be honest, i didnt recognize her symptoms at first, despite having been fearul of herpes in the past, her symptoms just looked like a cut. Unfortunately, it was too late for me and got HSV2.

I read in article that 50% of Thai woman have HSV2, but of course most wont have symptom, or at least very mild. The Thai's arent big on condom use, and i imagine the same goes for countries like the Philippines.

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IAmDesperate

Hi, I'm originally from South East Asia and I can tell you that the majority of Asian don't really care about herpes. In my home country (which I would like to keep it as a secret), they call herpes with a different name and the doctors don't consider it as a dangerous disease and people rarely go get a checkup for that cuz they don't know what it is. I didn't know about this until I got my test result back and started to look for information. South East Asian don't have sex ed like other countries in Europe or America so STDs are something strange to them and they don't freak out about this. My sister in Australia said that Australian don't even care about it since so many people have it.

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Joel7
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On 10/21/2018 at 6:09 AM, viralfrog said:

In any case, she could not care less about this virus and didn't mind at all.

@IAmDesperate Do you think this ex-gf planned to disclose her condition to future sexual partners? Somehow I'm thinking "no" ...

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IAmDesperate
1 hour ago, Joel7 said:

@IAmDesperate Do you think this ex-gf planned to disclose her condition to future sexual partners? Somehow I'm thinking "no" ...

I doubt she would. Let's hope there would be a cure in 5 years then disclosure is no longer needed. I know it seems crazy for me to say so and hope is a dangerous thing to play with but after all, it's what gets us going through all these crappy things in life. So please hope so. And please don't forget to donate to Keith Jerome's research! The link is below :)

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MiLoBeng
On 6/3/2019 at 6:08 AM, IAmDesperate said:

Hi, I'm originally from South East Asia and I can tell you that the majority of Asian don't really care about herpes. In my home country (which I would like to keep it as a secret), they call herpes with a different name and the doctors don't consider it as a dangerous disease and people rarely go get a checkup for that cuz they don't know what it is. I didn't know about this until I got my test result back and started to look for information. South East Asian don't have sex ed like other countries in Europe or America so STDs are something strange to them and they don't freak out about this. My sister in Australia said that Australian don't even care about it since so many people have it.

Hi, I'm also from SEA and I AGREE with most doctor would say it's not a dangerous disease and how SEAsian lacks Sex ED (including myself) when compared to other countries in EU or US. However I kinda disagree with "they dont freak out about this" until when they found out it's a form of STD (which is the main cause of STIGMA) and how it can impact our daily life (social/relationship/family) and infectious to the toddler. SEAsian (especially from where I'm from) arent that open like Westerner so yea... that pretty much sums it. 🙁 

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MiLoBeng
1 hour ago, IAmDesperate said:

I doubt she would. Let's hope there would be a cure in 5 years then disclosure is no longer needed. I know it seems crazy for me to say so and hope is a dangerous thing to play with but after all, it's what gets us going through all these crappy things in life. So please hope so. And please don't forget to donate to Keith Jerome's research! The link is below :)

I hope so. Been really pessimistic for the past few months right after diagnosed. Am feeling like I've wasted my life 😔

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IAmDesperate
On 6/17/2019 at 10:51 PM, MiLoBeng said:

Hi, I'm also from SEA and I AGREE with most doctor would say it's not a dangerous disease and how SEAsian lacks Sex ED (including myself) when compared to other countries in EU or US. However I kinda disagree with "they dont freak out about this" until when they found out it's a form of STD (which is the main cause of STIGMA) and how it can impact our daily life (social/relationship/family) and infectious to the toddler. SEAsian (especially from where I'm from) arent that open like Westerner so yea... that pretty much sums it. 🙁 

Most of the people I know, they don't freak out about it but I apologize for my assumption. SEA should have provided more sex ed for students and I regret that I didn't know about it sooner. But let's hope there will be a cure in 5 years. Call me crazy and all and I know miracle exists :) so chin up!

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MiLoBeng
3 hours ago, IAmDesperate said:

Most of the people I know, they don't freak out about it but I apologize for my assumption. SEA should have provided more sex ed for students and I regret that I didn't know about it sooner. But let's hope there will be a cure in 5 years. Call me crazy and all and I know miracle exists :) so chin up!

It's alright and I really admire your positivity

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alextheman
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Yeah in the philippines,they mostly worry about Hiv,chlamydia and maybe gono. When i got my positive test i talked with the past women i was with about my positive test.They all thought i was talking about HIV.I said no its hsv type 2, herpes.They dont even know what it is.

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MiLoBeng
4 hours ago, alextheman said:

Yeah in the philippines,they mostly worry about Hiv,chlamydia and maybe gono. When i got my positive test i talked with the past women i was with about my positive test.They all thought i was talking about HIV.I said no its hsv type 2, herpes.They dont even know what it is.

Just explain to them it's similar to chickenpox. Then slowly introduce them about herpes. This way they'll understand better. 

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