32 Year Old Female Living with Herpes and HPV for 15 Years Shares Her Story

my story

Are you Male or Female?

Female

How old are you?

32

Are you married or single?

Single

What do you do for a living?

Message Therapist

What STD do you have?

HPV and HSV

How long have you had an STD?

15 years

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

I was 17 years old and I’m not sure who I got it from.

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

No

What was it like when you were first diagnosed?

My diagnosis was devastating!

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?

I was told by my healthcare provider to not worry, it wasn’t a detrimental diagnosis, and many people had it. I was not given any coping resources, and wish I could of had a group to attend or someone else to talk to.

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

Yes

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?

I currently don’t have a boyfriend, but have had several. Disclosing is difficult, but most have been accepting.

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?

I started a local group here where I live, I have attended local support meetings and visited many groups outside my area. I’ve never been to a national event.

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

Most of my family knows, and close friends know. They don’t treat me any differently. Except the lighthearted jape every now and then :)

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

I used to take Acyclovir a lot, but found that lavender oil helps more. I just apply that directly to any outbreaks.

How has your life changed since you contracted an STD?

I have been more selective of who I interact with. If a person is someone I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing a diagnosis with, there really isn’t any use for them in my life.

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

Same as above, much more selective of my friends.

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