It’s hard for me to believe herpes is very common when it seems like I’m the only one out of everyone I know who has it. I mean, everyone else seems fine…Read More
Assigning a day to focus on herpes stigma helps reduce the negative and often severe psychological ramifications that come with a herpes diagnosis.Read More
In every single moment of our lives, we are presented with choices. From the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to sleep.Read More
“I know this relationship is toxic, but it is so freaking hard to leave.”
Whether we want to admit it or not, sometimes we settle in life —in our jobs, in our friendships, in our relationships. For many of us it’s a lot easier to suck things up and hope they get better, than to make a change.Read More
It can seem impossible to even think about forgiving someone who has caused you emotional pain and suffering.
That's exactly how I felt about the person I got genital HSV from…Read More
Before going public with my herpes diagnosis, I told family members and friends who live close by about it. I wanted them to find out directly from me rather than on social media…Read More
There seems to be a bit of controversy going around about whether you should always disclose having herpes to your partners before engaging in any sexual activities. Some people believe that…Read More
It’s common for people with herpes to give into fear of judgement and rejection. Even to avoid at all costs, getting into relationships.
I get it, it could be scary to allow yourself to be vulnerable…Read More
Many people have asked me: “What made you go public with your diagnosis?”
To be honest, going public is something I never thought of doing in the first few years following my diagnosis.
That for me was the most horrific thing I could do.
Tell people I have herpes? Are you kidding? I can barely look at my doctor in the eyes when discussing my diagnosis.Read More
Being diagnosed with herpes can be challenging. You probably didn’t expect your medical test results to come back positive for a STD let alone herpes!
A number of thoughts might go through your head, ranging from “this isn’t happening” to “My life is ruined!”…Read More
We’re told by our doctor how this virus affects us physically, and how to treat and manage such symptoms. But we’re never told how this might affect our psychological wellbeing.
Following our diagnosis many negative feelings often emerge. Shame, guilt, anger, disgust, low self-esteem, depression, isolation, loneliness… just to name a few. All because herpes has been stigmatized in our society.Read More
Overcoming adversity builds character and resilience. Every challenge we face in life, helps us strengthen will, courage and confidence.
Being diagnosed with genital herpes is one of those big challenges. At least it was for me. It caught me off guard and it hit me hard…Read More
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with genital herpes, you may be wondering, like I did, what your dating life will look like.
Thinking back about all the times I dated someone new after being diagnosed with genital herpes, I came to the realization that no matter how different my partners were from each other in the sense of age, race and personality, there was one thing that was always the same in all of my relationships…Read More