Although Herpes Isn’t a Good Thing, It Certainly Isn’t the Worst Either – People With Herpes
Although Herpes Isn’t a Good Thing, It Certainly Isn’t the Worst Either – People With Herpes

Although Herpes Isn’t a Good Thing, It Certainly Isn’t the Worst Either – People With Herpes

Living with Herpes isn’t easy. It is observed that people often panic on being diagnosed with Herpes. However, experts believe that leading a healthy and hygienic life in addition to following a few precautions can help people with herpes lead a normal life.

In an interview with a 31 year old school teacher from Texas who was diagnosed with herpes in 2004, I found that herpes is certainly not a difficult situation. He has been an active member of a local health group that deals with Herpes.

1. What types of Herpes do you have?

HSV – 2 (Genital Herpes)

2. What were your initial symptoms and how long did the outbreak last?

I faced a full – fledged primary outbreak – fever, muscle pain, tiredness, congestion and cold sores around my genitalia. It lasted for about a week.

3. Did you have any idea of what it was?

Yes indeed. However, at that time I didn’t know much about the infection. I thought that the girl I was dating might have transmitted it. On doing a little bit of research, I got to know that symptoms of Herpes don’t show up years after being contracted.

I later discovered that the woman I was involved with had Herpes long before we got physical. She had lesions on her buttocks and this is probably why she didn’t discover it. I didn’t get the infection right away because the transmission wasn’t from the genitals.

4. What treatment are you getting?

My situation has improved a lot compared to what it was like in 2004 – 2005. I use prescription drugs such as Acyclovir whenever I get outbreaks. Prior to having sex, I increase my dosage to 500 mg.

5. How did the diagnosis affect your life?

I was very upset. My wife divorced me and left me alone when I needed her the most. I vowed never to be in a relationship again. The decision will no longer be in my control and it would be up to the other person to conclude if I am lovable or not. I did not make an effort to patch up either. I deserved to be treated better and I don’t have to be told that I cannot be loved because I have an STD.

But this entire incident did teach me a lesson for life. Although herpes isn’t a good thing, it certainly isn’t the worst either. In fact, it came as a blessing in disguise as I got to know that she wasn’t the right one for me.

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