After being diagnosed, you may find yourself angry, uncomfortable with your symptoms, and worried. You may have many unanswered questions. The “H” Community would like you to know “That you’re not alone.”
According to the American Sexual Health Association ( ASHA), Researchers estimate that at least 80% of sexually active people will have an HPV infection at some point in their lifetime. Herpes is also a very common infection. About 1 in 8 people aged 14-49 in the U.S. has genital herpes.
Ohio Friends would like to 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.
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 and begin looking into antiviral therapies if you choose to do so.
With so much information on the internet it’s hard to know what to believe. Below are some links to begin educating yourself with. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) is an excellent resource credible health information. The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) also has great information and support. Ohio has two support groups located in Columbus and Cincinnati that meet monthly.
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 hidden H Facebook groups, and 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 always a chance of rejection or anger from someone you may have come to admire, so stay strong.
While many of our members disagree about the best time to tell someone you have herpes or HPV, we all agree that before sex is best. While you prepare to disclose your condition, you may experience a great amount of anxiety. We all agree this happens. Try to relax and know that 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 and agree to be tested before sex. It is not uncommon for many people to 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.