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Hey there Lynsi,

Love the spelling of your name.  I’m doing alright this evening.  It’s a little humid in Virginia.  Hope you had a good day.  Not much else going on except work and I volunteer for a fun drive sponsored by my church.  

Not much dating…don’t hold any high hopes for that.  Not mad about it but not happy about it.  I guess I’m still processing the fact I have HSV1.  

Stay well and keep your head held high because we are worth the love and affection.



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My name is Emma (she/her). I am experiencing my first outbreak right now. I would love someone to talk to (preferably female). I am 18 and I’m in college. I honestly just need someone to talk to it doesn’t matter if they are close or far! I have been trying to stay strong and honestly this site has kept me from bawling my eyes out multiple times. I am pretty positive I have HSV because I had a cold sore, flu like symptoms, cluster of bumps on genitals, itchiness, etc. I don’t know what type I have yet but I will figure it out soon enough. I’m a social work major (I want to be a counselor and help people!) and I am very kind and open hearted! I can definitely bring positivity to our H friendship but I’m new so I don’t have much advice. I don’t even care if you have a lot of experience I just kind of need a friend who understands right now:) 

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Stay strong young lady.  You are not alone.  You are beautiful inside and out.  I’m not an expert on this subject as I experienced my first outbreak in March of this year….two days after my birthday.  At first I was angry and then annoyed but realized “life happens” and having this virus is not the end of the world.  It’s just a skin irritation that flares up every so often.  Yes, the first outbreak is unbelievably unpleasant but you will get through it.  I hope you’ve seen a physician and have been tested to confirm you have the virus.  Sounds like you have both HSV1 and HSV2.  Is that correct?  Have you started on any antivirals to gain any relief?  The sooner the better.

Know that you can reach out anytime.  This is a good forum to get information and share.

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