If you're HSV , I want you to know that you're wonderful just the way you are.
Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.' Jenelle found people who wanted to help her raise awareness and banish all stigma for the disease through the the herpes activists network she runs and private support groups, as well as people who have reached out to her to thank her while looking to give back to others in similar situations.
A group of men and women of all ages have revealed what it is really like to live with herpes, in the hopes of showing others who have been diagnosed with the common sexually transmitted disease that they are not alone - nor are their lives over.
Jenelle Marie Davis, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an STD expert, and founder of The STD Project, a movement to eradicate the stigma surrounding sexually transmitted diseases.
Of course, upon meeting someone, you don’t want to say: “Hello. Honesty, and I have herpes.” You should not share personal information about anything until you feel emotionally safe with a person.
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Now divorced, as I encounter new relationships, I really struggle with this burden.She has shared the stories of two men and ten women, including herself, who are herpes positive in an empowering essay for xo 'I want to pitch people's personal stories because I think a lot of the time you get anonymous stories, but then nobody knows that's your neighbor.If he stood me up, it wasn’t his fault; I was the one with herpes, and I should be grateful he hadn’t left me,' she recalled.'Eventually, I realized I deserved better than to be emotionally abused like that and ended the relationship.' Helping others: Christine (left), 44, said raising awareness has made living with a long-term infection easier, and Britni (right), 30, said helped her to have a supportive partner to write about having herpes Jenelle's supposed friends would talk about her behind her back, telling guys who liked her that she had herpes as was trying to spread it to as many people as possible.