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  1. I have had the official Dx of HSV 1 & 2 since 2012. Although, I have no idea how long I had it before since the only reason I had the blood test was that I found out my husband had cheated. I have only had a maybe 4-5 OB in that time. And nothing in the past 4 years. However, Looking back I may have had one before the Dx but was advised by my gyn that it was just a skin irritation from tight clothing. I am not on any daily medications. I've only taken the Valtrex twice when I started recognizing the "prodrome" symptoms early on to try and reduce the length of my OB. I do notice that stres
  2. I think you are okay in this instance. Just learn from it going forward and do what makes you comfortable. There is no magical guide to herpes handbook with all the rules outlined. Obviously you know where you would like this relationship to go and you should disclose before things get all hot and heavy. Sometimes that can make the conversation more awkward when you both are half naked. 😳
  3. Sometimes, when they run it can be a blessing in disguise. Don't give up.
  4. At work if he turns out to be a chatty with your personal info, even to a close friend. Word can travel fast. So I like your plan of waiting to get to know him better before disclosing.
  5. I usually wait until things are taking a turn towards sex then disclose. I feel better if I don't wait too long, that way it doesn't feel like I am "lying" to them the whole time. But I have really only had a couple people say no thank you. The rest were on board after a few questions. So everyone is different. Just keep your thoughts positive and it will get easier with time and practice. Full disclosure I've had my Dx for 7 years now. I have had a couple serious relationships and a few casual encounters... But I am still single so take my words with a grain of salt. 😉
  6. I have had a few casual encounters. I always disclose and let them make their own informed decision. Then I respect their decision no matter what they choose to do. It's their choice if they want to take the risk.
  7. We have all gone through the emotions. Trust in yourself that you will be okay, in time, and allow yourself that time. Try to educate yourself as much as possible, that way you have all the facts and knowledge you need to feel a little more at ease when talking to someone about herpes. I have found most people do not seem to be concerned and ask questions because they don't really know anything except the stigmas out there and that there is no cure. People are scared of what they don't know.
  8. Hello, I am 39, F, and have had HSV 1 & 2 diagnosis for 7 years now. I am open to sharing or listening. I am in California.
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