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I’m 17 years old, a female I just found out I have HSV1. I feel so lost and so alone I don’t know what to do, I feel like my whole life has just gotten thrown out the window right infront of my eyes. I’m so terrified of telling my mum, I’ve told my dad but my mum is extremely over dramatic and honestly well scary. My sister has a six month old baby, I’m terrified of going near the baby now, is she safe? Is my family safe?? I have so many questions someone please help me I don’t know what to do. Is my sex life over?? I’m so confused and just so lost I feel like my whole life is over

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First step, relax. You're going to be fine. Herpes is incredibly common. Nearly half of the adult population between 14 - 49 has hsv1. So out of everyone you know and will likely meet, half of them have it too. So you are far from alone. Doctors typically don't test for this unless you have symptoms because it's not really a big deal.


However, now that you are aware of having HSV1, you just need to mindful of it and take precautions. If you have active breakout, you probably shouldn't be kissing anyone. Your doctor will be able to give you the best advice.


This will only get easier and stay positive. You have your whole life ahead of you and this is just a speed bump. If this is the worst thing to happen to you in your life, you will be very fortunate.


This will give you some more general info.





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