Herpes IS a big deal
I was diagnosed in April of 2016. It was one of the most traumatic experiences in my life. I had been dating a man that was in his 40s since May of 2015 who specifically told me he did NOT have hsv2.
Since I was diagnosed I have gone maybe 1 week without an outbreak. Today is July 17, 2017. It has destroyed my confidence, I had to quit my dream job, and I lost friends and family along the way because I was in a terrible dark place.
It isn't just a minor skin condition. I live with the tingling and itching almost every day. The medications are garbage. They make you sick. Sometimes I don't know if it's the herpes or the medication side effects. I will spend days in bed with a headache, muscle aches, and fatigue.
A week after I was diagnosed I had a seizure which was suspected to be from viral meningitis. I went from being a normal 26 year old woman that ate healthy, worked out everyday, and was ready to take on the world to ... someone I don't even know.
The man that gave it to me turned into a nightmare and tried to deny it while going back to his ex girlfriend while waging psychological warfare against me. He is a narcissist. About 2 months later I found out he had been cheating on me with another younger woman and never told her either but did admit to it after I told her. All drama.
But the reality is it changed my life - physically, emotionally, and mentally. I'm dealing with this virus on a daily basis and constantly thinking about it.
The worst part is he knew he was having an outbreak. I remember the night it happened. He said he had a "love sore from having sex too vigorously with me" (ya right) and then 2 days later I had my first HUGE sore. While I was freaking out before my doctors appt he told me it was "probably a pepper burn from the peppers he ate that night" (again .... ya right).
Maybe the experience wouldn't have been so bad if he was just honest with me and didn't continue to do this to other young women of child bearing age. We are now moving forward with a settlement agreement. This virus is awful especially for women.