Recently Diagnosed With Genital Herpes 2

by Diana
(manitoba)

I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes 2. I know exactly how I got it by one careless night and I have also armed myself to know as much as I can about it.


I am not going to let this control my life. I know how to prevent transmission and take care of myself and cleanse and clean everything especially my hands properly.

Sure this sucks the big one and makes a sex life slightly more difficult but I am 21 and I refuse to be celibate for the rest of my life.

I have told 2 of my good male friends just to see how they would react and neither of them were completely shocked and said that they would still date or sleep with someone as long as they knew how to do so as safely as possible. Its not the end of the world you just need to arm yourself with as much knowledge of it as you can, and take care of yourself to boost your immune system because you will feel and likely look better and some confidence is going to be a big key in getting you through this.

Sure sometimes I'm like UGH seriously? Why me? But you know what...it is what it is and like the quote on this page says its 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.

I may be 21 but I have been through a lot in my little life, I am a single mom to a 2 year old boy. I have a college degree. I work at a dental office and have a second part time cleaning job on weekends. I bought my own brand new 2011 car this past January and have been on 2 trips this year thanks to the help of my family regarding my son.

I didn't let the situation of that ruin me and this isn't either. I'm a strong, determined young mother and I'm worthy of being loved :)

Welcome to our community and thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

You have made several important points that I'd like to comment on.

The first being that you have armed yourself with information. I think this is critical in any type of self development with genital herpes. So many people know very little about the virus.

The only thing that they know is that it's the gift that keeps on giving and that it's something that they associate with jokes and negative comments. Well, when those same people are diagnosed they bring with them their "lack of knowledge" and essentially become what they were afraid of.

However, if they decide to learn more about the disease (I hate that word) they'll quickly realize that it's not as bad as they thought. And can be effectively treated and has almost no adverse health effects other than an occasional outbreak.

I also love your attitude about having genital herpes! "It is what it is" is a super way of looking at it. It's a way of accepting that this skin rash is a permanent part of you and there's nothing that we can do about it.

To Your Success and Happiness!

Ed
LWGH

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