I fell into a deep depression and ate to ease the pain; I ended up gaining 35 pounds. I found solace in isolation; I couldn’t face the inevitable conversation of having to admit that I had herpes.
I thought I was disgusting, but I was not disgusting. I am now in a happy, committed relationship with my boyfriend, who knows of my diagnosis and loves me just the same. Vanessa Cullins, MD, the vice president of external medical affairs at Planned Parenthood, to clear up some misconceptions about the herpes virus.
But it's better to prevent a herpes infection altogether.Although, most genital herpes is caused by the herpes type 2 virus (HSV-2). Supporting your immune system should be your first goal.A weakened immune system is more prone to outbreaks. I don’t know when I was infected — it’s impossible to tell. I awoke with a fever and everything hurt, especially my crotch. Herpes is extremely common, with statistics showing that as many as one in six people ages 14 to 49 in the U. has herpes caused by the herpes simplex-2 virus (and since herpes simplex-1 virus causes herpes, that number is likely even higher). And it’s baseless, fabricated, and entirely misleading.You probably got it from your aunt when you were little! The months following the diagnosis were the worst of my life. And so I punished myself — avoiding men and the dating scene entirely.
I got the infection from a man I loved and trusted, who swore on his life he had tested clean for any sexually transmitted diseases. When I got myself to the nearest clinic, the nurse practitioner said it was a mosquito bite. She explained — amid my inconsolable sobs — that I had tested positive for herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), which is also what causes cold sores.“Everybody has it! I had herpes and I thought that no one would ever love me again. I was a sexually active young woman, and for that, I felt I was being rightfully punished.