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  1. Hey Brian , I was diagnosed with HSV1 genitally in July . I know how bad it feels , I have a lot going on currently in my life ; the breakdown of an 8 year relationship, being 32 moving back in with parents and buying my own house, add to the mix catching herpes from the first person I sleep with. My hair has started to fall out and I’m losing a lot of weight I have had blood tests but the doctor tells me it’s down to stress. I completely understand how you are feeling when you say you are so low. I have been doing a lot of “inner” work to try to come to terms with this and love myself again and I can honestly say that time is a healer and it does get easier. I’m determined that this will not define me , I am no longer giving myself to this. We are all more than a virus and absolutely deserving of a life and normal love life. I’m not going to be stopped by this and neither will you ! Feel better soon! Lisa
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  2. Thankyou so, so, so much! You are truly a life saver! ❤️
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  3. Hi! Yay, I am so happy that you are feeling less stressed and that the forum helps you! 🙂 In regards to doing things to keep yourself and your partner safe and well during sex, you can use condoms (internal or external), and if you are planning on using any sex toys, you can clean them if they are shared toys. Honestly, it's good to clean those even if you don't have HSV, since they are going in/on very sensitive parts of the body. If you or him wants to wash their hands after sex, that's cool too, whatever makes you both feel safe and sound ❤️ Oh my gosh... now that I am thinking about it, I once was seeing someone who used to be so spazzy and announce that he had to wash his hands after we were intimate and he touched me in certain places, and it made me feel kinda bad. like, Dude... I get that you are worried, but could you not be so rude about it? Chill! Like what the heck 😂 To prevent irritations post-intimacy, make sure that the area isn't too dry; lubricant helps reduce friction that could irritate skin and hypothetically cause outbreaks or basic skin irritation. If your skin feels better taking a cool or warm shower after sex, that's totally fine, too. And, showering is something both people can do, as a romantic bonding sort of thing. I hope this helps! Stay well! Blessings, Grace
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