Young Life Victimized By Genital Herpes and Friends

by Maureen
(Alaska )

I am almost 20 years old and due to sexual abuse as a child I stayed away from sex. When I was 17 I found someone whom I thought was the love of my life. When we broke up we promised each other we would wait a year before having sex with someone else.


He heard a lot of rumors about me and everyone around this small town I live in would call me a whore and would say I have herpes. I had only ever been with the one guy. After a year and a half I finally moved on and met someone. We were tested together and were both clean. After about 5 months of dating(and having sex) I walked in on him with another woman. I soon found out that he had been bringing girls home every night from his roommates.

After a few months had gone by I decided to get tested. My heart dropped when I tested positive for Genital Herpes.

I told my best friend and she told everyone. The guy that cheated on me claims that he got tested again after I told him and he was clean. When he said that I felt so happy and got checked again thinking I couldn't have it. Positive again.

He hasn't shown me the paperwork. I can't believe how careful I was and only to end up feeling like a worthless whore. TWO people... When one of my friends has been with 37 guys and is clean. How fair?


Thanks for sharing your story with our community. It saddens me to hear stories like this however, you have to move on! You feelings of worthlessness are common and absolutely normal but they are feelings that you have created for yourself.

The beautiful part about this is that you have the power to change the way you feel. Nobody, and certainly not HSV, has that kind of power. It's your inner strength that has to take over and change your circumstances.

This may sound "zen-like" but its true. Change your mind and you'll change your life.

Listen...you're young and have your whole life in front of you. Don't waste another moment of it looking back. Learn everything that you can about the virus and you'll discover that it's nothing more than an irritating skin rash that pops up occasionally. Ignore the stigma and get control of your life one day at a time.

Pretty soon this will be a distant memory that can be chalked up to a learning experience for the greater things that in store for you!

Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. You're certainly not alone with 50 million others who share this commonality with you!

To your success and happiness!

Ed

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