Social Groups

Many cities have herpes SOCIAL groups and SUPPORT groups for people with herpes and HPV. Herpes support groups are sometimes called “HELP” groups, and are usually affiliated with ASHA, the American Social Health Association.  Herpes social  groups use the terms “friends”  or “H2O” or “H Club.”   Many cities have just one herpes group that functions as both a support group and social group.  Groups are usually moderated to protect members’ privacy and minimize spam.  There are also a host of “secret” Facebook groups that lots of active members. In order to join the secret Facebook groups, you must contact your local groups to obtain a private invitation.

Groups By State


Alabama H Club

Alabama Herpes Support Group on Yahoo


Meet Alaskans with HSV2 Meetup Group


AZ Singles With Herpes Yahoo Group

Phoenix H Friends Yahoo Group

Tucson H Friends Yahoo Group

Prescott Herpes Support Group – email hsgprescott (at) gmail dot com


Little Rock H Friends


Bay Area Friends (BAF) Meetup Group – San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Friends (BAF) Yahoo Group – BAF is phasing out their Yahoo group in favor of the BAF Meetup Group above.

Bay Area Friends (BAF) Public Website – San Francisco Bay Area – Information site only.

SF Bay Area Gay Men with Herpes Yahoo Group – San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Lesbians with Herpes – San Francisco Bay Area

San Diego H Friends on Meetup – San Diego group, over 400 members

San Diego Friends Yahoo Group – San Diego

San Diego HELP Support Group – San Diego

San Diego Meetup Group – 30 & Under – San Diego

LA HELP Support Group – Los Angeles

LA HELP Meetup Group

Orange County HELP Support Group – Orange County

Orange County Friends Yahoo Group

Southern California Friends Yahoo Group – All Southern California

Socials All Over Southern CA Meetup Group – All Southern California

Central Cali H Friends – Stockton-Fresno-Bakersfield

Sac Friends Yahoo Group – Sacramento

NorCalFriends Secret Facebook Group – especially for people who live North of the San Francisco Bay Area (i.e. Redding, Chico, Mendocino, Eureka. Susanville, Sacramento, etc), but others can also join.  Join Bay Area Friends on Meetup and check the Discussions page for more information on how to join.


Colorado H Friends


All CT H Friends Yahoo Group

Manchester HELP – Email: hsv2secret (at)


Delaware Friends Yahoo Group


Southesast Florida H Social Club Yahoo Group

Northern Florida H Friends Yahoo Group

Central Florida H20 Group


Palm Beach – Broward H Club

Sarasota-Bradenton H ClubSouth West Florida H Support

Tampa Bay H Club Yahoo Group

Jax-437737 Yahoo Group – Jacksonville

People of Color (POC) Southern GA/North FL

Friends on the Beach – St. Petersburg, FL National Event – usually in November or winter months


Atlanta H Club

Atlanta H Club Yahoo Group

People of Color Atlanta (POCAtlanta) Yahoo Group

People of Color (POC) Southern GA/North FL


No Group Listed


No Group Listed


Chicago – “H” Social Group on Meetup

Chicago HELP Support Group


Central Illinois Prairie Friends Yahoo Group

Illinois H Friends Yahoo Group

People of Color Chicago (POC Chicago) Yahoo Group


Indianapolis HELP Support Group

People of Color (POC) Ohio/Indy

Indianapolis National Event – Indylicious


Polk County Health Department offers a free Herpes support group that meets once a month. Every 4th Tuesday of the month 6-7pm at 1907 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50314, Phone: 515-286-3741


Louisville H Friends Yahoo Group


People of Color (POC) New Orleans

Friends on da Bayou – HSV and HPV Support for New Orleans and Louisiana


No Group Listed


DC-H2O Social Group

HELP of Washington (DC) Support Group

People of Color (POC) DC METRO Community

Only the Gifted Meetup Group


Boston HELP Herpes Support Group

Beantown Friends Yahoo Group


Capitol City Friends – Lansing

Detroit – Metro Detroit Help

Motor City Friends Yahoo Group

Motor City Friends on Meetup

People of Color – Michigan

West Michigan H Friends on Meetup

West Michigan Friends Yahoo Group

Rochester HELP

Washtenaw County HELP (@ Ann Arbor)


Twin Cities H Social Meetup Group

Twin Cities Lesbians with Herpes Yahoo Group

Family Planning and STD Hotline:


No Group Listed


Kansas City – No Group Listed

Ozarks HELP Support Group

People of Color (POC) Social Networking Missouri


No Group Listed


Midwest Nexus – We are growing the local support group in the Midwest area (Lincoln, Omaha, Council Bluffs, etc.) This group is for people to meet and mingle so they don’t have to feel alone. Feel free to join and mingle when you can! Email:


Las Vegas Friends

Northern Nevada Friends

New Hampshire

No Group Listed

New Jersey

H2O New Jersy Yahoo Group

New Mexico

Southern New Mexico and El Paso H Community on Meetup

New York

Herpes New York Yahoo Group

Herpes Information New York

People of Color New York

Buffalo and Western New York H Friends

Upstate NY Friends Yahoo Group

Hudson Valley Friends Yahoo Group

North Carolina

North Carolina H Yahoo Group

Raleigh Triangle H Club Herpes Meetup Group

People of Color – North Carolina

Carolina H Club

Upstate SC and Western NC H Group

North Dakota

No Group Listed


Cleveland – See Ohio Friends

Cincinnati HELP

Herpes in Ohio Yahoo Group

Living With HSV in the 419 – Toledo

Ohio Friends

People of Color (POC) Ohio/Indy


Oklahoma H Club


Central Oregon H Club Yahoo Group

Portland Area Friends – All Ages


Philadelphia Friends

Pittsburgh United Friends

Northeastern Pennsylvania Friends (NEPA Friends)

Rhode Island

No Group Listed

South Carolina

South Carolina H Friends Yahoo Group

People of Color South Carolina (POC SC)

Carolina H Club

Upstate SC and Western NC H Group

South Dakota

No Group Listed


Memphis H Friends Yahoo Group

People of Color (POC) West Tennessee


Friends Over Texas Annual Event in May

Austin H Friends on Meetup

Austin Friends Yahoo Group

Austin HELP Support Group

DFW Friends

Houston Friends

Houston H Friends on Meetup

Houston HELP Support Group

San Antonio Friends Yahoo Group

Clear Lake and Galveston County H Friends Meetup Group

Clear Lake Texas Friends Yahoo Group

Clear Lake Texas Friends Public Website

Clear Lake 4377 Support Group

People of Color (POC) Texas

East Texas Friends on Meetup


No Group Listed


Vermont Friends


Virginia H Friends Yahoo Group


Washington State

Seattle H Scene Yahoo Group

Seattle H Scene Public Website (no sign in required)

Capital Area Friends Yahoo Group (Olympia/Tacoma)

IEHSVSingles Yahoo Group – Eastern Washington, Inland Empire, and Spokane Washington

Washington D.C.

DC-H2O Social Group

HELP of Washington (DC) Support Group

People of Color (POC) DC METRO Community

West Virginia

No Group Listed


S-W-A-G Herpes Yahoo Group for Madison and Milwaukee, WI


No Group Listed



Living Sphere –

Herpes Hangout –


Canadians with Herpes Yahoo Group

Toronto Herpes

Vancouver H Friends on Meetup

Vancouver H Friends Yahoo Group

Vancouver HELP Support Group

West Coast Frenz National Event – Every August in the Pacific Northwest

Forest City Friends (London, Ontario)




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  1. Central Iowa Nexus says:

    Good afternoon!

    We have a support group in Des Moines, Iowa called “Central Iowa Nexus”. We’re growing pretty fast and would like to reach out to see if we could possibly be added to your support group list.

    Let me know if you need any additional information.

    Thank you!

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