Welcome to the H Community
After being diagnosed we imagine you may be angry, uncomfortable with your symptoms, worried, or have many unanswered questions. 

The H Community would like you to know “you’re not alone”       
 According to the American Sexual Health Association ( ASHA) more than 79 million people are infected with HPV and one in six people ages 14-49 in the USA have genital herpes.  
Ohio Friends hopes this page will assure you that no matter how alone you may feel at this moment, you’re only a link away from meeting someone that’s living with herpes, HPV, or is newly diagnosed like you.  

For the majority of healthy people, herpes is not a problem. The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends that antiviral therapy treatment begin within the first 72 hours of an initial outbreak. For your own peace of mind and comfort, it’s important that you see your doctor, local health clinic or Planned Parenthood. Find out as much as you can about the virus and to minimize your initial outbreak, begin antiviral therapy.

With so much information on the internet it’s hard to know what to believe; most of what’s out there contradicts what you have read or were told by your doctor. 

One of the sources Ohio Friends recommends: CDC.gov it is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Another online source is the  American Sexual Health Association or ASHA. Their website has a lot of information and for more support you can attend an  ASHA support group. Ohio has two support groups located in Columbus and Cincinnati. Both groups meet monthly. 
 Web- Education Resources:


American Sexual Health Association





Now that you have begun to educate yourself, let me tell you the GOOD news!  All over the world there are H Groups like Ohio Friends and in just about all of the 50 states.

There are  H dating sites, secret H Facebook groups, places to meet real people just like you. Start off slow, make friends, and socialize without fear of rejection or having to tell someone. Meeting people with H or HPV is the best medicine we have to cure the blues that often accompany these viruses.

It’s just about guaranteed that your self-esteem and self confidence will be higher after meeting others with these viruses. A word of caution: Ohio Friends has no control over the content or actions of these sites, and we make no guarantee in any way about the services or functionality of these sites. They are provided simply as courtesy:

One day you will be in the position that you may want to tell someone. When that day comes, make sure you’re ready, that you have educated yourself and nourished your self-esteem. There is a chance of rejection or anger from someone you may have come to admire,  so stay strong.

Many of our members disagree about the best time to tell someone you have herpes or HPV, but clearly we all agree before sex is best. However, right after you meet may be too soon… and when the condom is being opened, too late.

While you prepare to ‘TELL’ you may experience a great amount of anxiety; we all agree  this happens. Try to relax; you have the whole ‘H COMMUNITY’ supporting you. 

 And keep in mind that while you are telling your partner be sure your partner can tell you about their sexual health or agree to be tested before sex. 

You won’t believe how many people have never been tested for sexually transmitted infections. HSV and HPV are not the only risks sexually active people face. 

Be sure to tell your partner about Ohio Friends. Those of us with this virus can answer many of the ‘real life’ questions that may come up once they know you have a virus.

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