22 and diagnosed with herpes

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    I’m 22 and just being diagnosed with genital herpes. im also having such a horrific outbreak I’ve barely been able to move for 5 days. im still in shock and feel like I’ve been stripped of my sex life. I feel as though nobody is going to find me attractive anymore and nobody will want to be in a relationship with me. I know its common but im finding it really difficult to come to terms with this. has anyone on here started dating again with herpes? how much does it affect your dating and how do people generally react when you tell them? I feel like never going on another date again.

    • This topic was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by woody2408.

    I was diagnosed at 18. Im almost 32. I have always felt how you feel. I was an undiagnosed depressed perwon prior to this and it made it worse for me.

    I have dated. It haa not been easy. Some were ok with it and we had sex. But others… I have heard terrible things. Things that I already feel about myself. But having someone say those terrible things is hard. But I am still trying.

    I take a suppressant. Thankfully ive never had a break out. I was diagnosed not long after i ended the relationship and been on suppressants since. It has helped in that aspect.

    You are not alone in your feelings.

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