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Daughter is DX with Herpes

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I am overwhelmed, on the edge and need info. My 16 year old is just this week DX with herpes. She is having some other serious issues with her reproductive organs and urine specimen. We will be in the docs office again this week. She is devastated, and I want to help her, but I don't understand herpes 1 vs 2, how she got it, who she got it from...One of two boys, maybe or not from a cold side and oral. OMG, I'm freaked out. There is no local public support group in my town. I have no one to talk to, she doesn't either, except for me.

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Hi, @Poppy, and welcome. I know this can be a scary time for both of you--so many unknowns and other health issues to work through as well. You'll find a lot of great information here on the H Opp site and these forums. Another great place to get started is this handbook: https://www.westoverheights.com/herpes/the-updated-herpes-handbook/ The author also wrote a full book available as a Kindle on Amazon. I also recommend www.supporttruthanddialog.com and www.projectaccept.org


Sadly, many doctors just aren't well educated about herpes. You'll learn a lot more at the sources listed above.


It is absolutely possible to live a happy, full life and be loved with herpes. The stigma and stereotypes are so undeserved. Hugs to you both as you navigate her current health concerns. We're here to offer support in any way we can.

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