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    I do not yet have a positive HSV diagnosis, but I had protected sex with someone who is HSV positive 5 days ago and have experienced a sudden onset of symptoms consistent with herpes infections. Very early so no blisters yet, which means I can’t get tested yet, and so I’m just left to stew in my own feelings of intense anxiety, sadness, fear, and regret. After 5+ years of being celibate, I’m so upset that this has happened right away – wish I had stayed celibate now 🙁 if it’s as I fear, it will complicate relationships for me, which I am already very unskilled and shy at navigating….

    I feel so isolated and lonely with no one to discuss my fears with – I don’t dare bring it up to friends or family. I don’t even know for sure if I have HSV but I know when something in my body is off, and the timing makes my heart sink…it seems almost certain. Is there anyone who had a scare like this and it was fine? Perhaps that’s just wishful thinking……… I can think of nothing else right now. Anyone in the same boat? 🙁

    • This topic was modified 7 months ago by Page.

    It might just be your anxiety messing with your head. Kinda psychosomatic. You just need to breath and relax. Hope it’s negative! 🤞


    Me!! I was in a loveless marriage for 17 years. I left him one year ago. I started dating someone in July and slept with him early September. One week later diagnosed. I am 52 years old and I can’t believe how unbelievably unfair this is. Page I’m right there with you. I go from crying to screaming, and I can’t tell a soul. It helps me to know I’m not alone. But my therapist tomorrow is going to have a whole new subject to work on with me. This has crushed my self-esteem and any hope of having a relationship this late in life.

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