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  1. Hello, all!! 🌈🌼🍀❤️ Something that has helped me get through the tears and rough days is laughter. Humor is a lens that really can make all the difference, and I don't mean laughing at or mocking yourself or your pain, but instead, finding a giggle here and there about a situation or even making funny names for herpes (kind of like calling menstruation 'Aunt Flo'). I affectionately call my herpes "The Herps" and it makes me laugh, or feel less intimidated when sharing things with friends. Herpes discussions with others can often lead to often random (and sadly, offensive) questions. However, once in a while we get kind of funny questions from those who do not have herpes. In an effort to bring some smiles and "oh my gosh I have been asked that before *eye roll, giggle*" moments, I wanted to reach out and ask if anyone had any giggle moments they wanted to share! Here is mine: I was 20 when I told my mom I had herpes, about a year after I got it. After I told my mom I had HSV1 on my genitals, she exclaimed "YOU NEED TO COVER YOUR TOOTHBRUSH SO YOU DONT GIVE IT TO YOUR BROTHER!" Of course I explained it to her, and during later reflection I laughed not just because I didn't expect that response, but also... I use my toothbrush for my teeth, not my genitals, where I have my herpes 😂. Share your moment of herpgiggles (yes, I said herpgiggles) below!!
  2. I was diagnosed with HSV 2 a day after my birthday, and everyone I talk to, (doctors included) have been absolutely NO HELP to me. I don't know when I got it, or how long I've had it, and how to figure that out, I don't know if I should tell past partners about my diagnosis or just leave those doors closed, I don't know how to tell if I'm having an outbreak because I've NEVER seen bumps or ulcers down there, I wasn't given any medicine which makes me extremely anxious and on edge that I'm gonna give it to myself on other parts of my body, or give it to my kids or someone else. This dude that I'm dating is thinking its no big deal and that we'll just use condoms but I don't even want to be touched right now cuz I feel so worthless and disgusting, and damaged, but he doesn't seem to care or be here for the emotional aspect of it, he's just so dismissive and thinks it'll be alright when I'm not seeing that it will right now... idk I just need some answers.. what are some other symptoms of an outbreak, how can you tell how long you've had it, do they automatically test for it when you're pregnant? (I have 2 kids) and is there anyway to find out where you got it from?
  3. So I’ve had HSV-2 for around 6 months and thought my outbreaks would be less frequent but they seem to be happening quite a lot🙄 they aren’t terrible, I just get a bit of pain,tingling and swelling no ulcers or anything but it’s so frustrating! Does anyone know any food / vitamins that I can take in order to try and prevent this happening? Also when I had my first outbreak I was already ill and on antibiotics so my first outbreak was absolutely horrific! However I’ve noticed the places where I had the ulcer like sores is totally different to where I now seem to get my little outbreaks ( always in the same place),does that mean when the virus is active and shedding it will be from all of these places or will it just be from where all my outbreaks occur ? Thanks in advance 😌
  4. Just within the past month or so I’ve recently found out i had type 2 and I do take medicine for it every day (haven’t missed one day at all). The first initial breakout I had is the only one I’ve had so far. But I have so many questions about it and sex because it’s all still new to me and I’ve heard so many things not sure what to believe is true and not true. First off, is it possible to have a normal relationship with someone (who doesn’t have it)? What’s the things I can use to protect him from getting it? If he doesn’t have it and I do, can I give him oral without using one of those dental dams (only because I’ve never used one) without him catching it from me. What’s the actual risk of him catching it, even if we use condoms and I take my medication regularly? I’m so confused with all of it, I just want answers so we can be safe but I still want to have a normal life relationship wise.
  5. If having an outbreak does it usual form as one painless bump then heal and disappear then another one appears ? And keep continuing until it's gone
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