28 Year Old Female with Herpes Shares Her Story

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I have heard several stories where the person has HSV and has never had an outbreak that they know of. This 28-year-old female is another one. Obviously she is taking responsibility and not taking unnecessary chances that place others at risk. It’s easy to see how she would be in shock with a diagnosis and easily slip into denial. I applaud her for not remaining there and taking her life back after being diagnosed with herpes. I appreciate her taking the time to answer our survey/interview questions.

Are you Male or Female?

Female

How old are you?

28

Are you married or single?

Single

What do you do for a living?

Special Needs Bus Driver

What STD do you have?

HSV

How long have you had an STD?

About 6 years

Do you know precisely when, and from whom you contracted this STD?

I think I know who, but not 100%

Were you using protection at the time you contracted this STD?

No

What was it like when you were first diagnosed?

I was a mess and in complete denial.

Did your healthcare provider offer you information on your STD and resources to help you cope with your new diagnosis? What could your healthcare provider do differently that would have helped you?

My doctor answered all questions that I had. She also did give me info on it.

Have you been sexually active with someone and NOT tell them you had an STD?

No

Have you ever been rejected by a potential partner because of your STD?

Yes

Do you have a significant other? If so, how has this STD affected your relationship?

No I do not.

How did you meet your significant other?

N/A

Do you attend support or social group activities in your area? Have you ever attended a national social event? If yes, has it helped?

No I haven’t. I’m on a lot of support groups on Facebook though

Do your friends and family know you have an STD? Do they treat you differently since you told them?

Some of my friends and family know. They do not treat me any different

How do you treat your STD? Please share brief details of medications and remedies you have tried.

I have never had an outbreak so I have to do nothing for treating it

How has your life changed since you contracted an STD?

It has saved me from being so promiscuous. It has also made dating a lot more stressful.

How have you personally changed as a result of contracting an STD?

I have calmed down a lot with being so sexual.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Don’t let in define you. There are more people out there then you know that have and STI or that is excepting of someone that has one.

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