Herpes Resources

A List of Herpes Facts, Support Groups, Forums and Blogs.

It dosen`t matter if you have herpes, it just a matter of how you treat herpes.

Herpes is very common in both the United States and other countries in the world. There are approximately 45 million (one out of every six people) above the age of 14 have genital herpes in the US, what`s worse, most of people with herpes are not aware of it. Why? Because they have not enough knowledge of the Herpes Simplex Virus, and most of them will feel ashamed or anxious when diagnosed with herpes.

Internet is good place for you to educate yourself to know better about herpes and learn to live and manage with herpes, since there are many valuable and useful information about this virus.

I created this list because the most valuable herpes resources are never found in one place, enjoy it and happy with herpes!

Herpes Facts

There are a few authoritative websites of government, college and organisation where you are able to get facts about herpes, such as symptoms, treatments, risk, how common is herpes and even more.

Herpes Blogs

Most of following blogs are managed by personal people who have been living with this virus for a long time. You are going to know how to live with herpes and some remedies for herpes by reading posts in the blogs.

Herpes Land – I listed this blog here, just because it not only a place to know the facts about herpes, but also an online website where you are able to see some pictures of herpes.

Herpes.org – An online resource for help with herpes and HPV, with a FQAs page, you will find the answer of your question about herpes.

Dating with Herpes 1 2 – This is a blog for people who want to date with herpes simplex 1 or 2 on the Internet. A complete list of online herpes dating websites and tips for dating with herpes, you will definitely have a higher rate of finding a partner on the web.

Herpes.com – You are going to know better about herpes and get professional advice by reading the answers of some common questions about herpes. Besides, you can read other people`s personal experiences of living and managing with herpes and share yours.

Just Herpes – This blog is mainly about herpes remedies, dating and relationship tips for people who are living with herpes.

Herpes Cure HQ – A blog about herpes cure news, treatments and real stories.

Herpes Goddess – This a blog about a single city girl who is living with Herpes Simplex Virus, and she has cleared up any misconceptions about herpes in her blog.

Pass the Herpes – Various people who have been diagnosed as herpes shared their experiences of living with herpes in this blog.

Living with Herpes 1 2 – This a blog about how to live with herpes and it is managed by me. By reading the answers of 24 common questions of herpes, you will get to know how to live this virus happily.

DatingwithHerpes.org – At this blog, you will find some herpes support groups, social groups and online dating websites specific for people with herpes. The “Herpes Scams” post will definitely help you to keep from herpes treatment scams, dating scams and cure scams.

The Dynamiclear Blog – This blog is managed by the Dynamiclear, whose mission and vision is to reduce and eliminate Herpes outbreaks. However, I ONLY recommended you to read its blog posts since I cannot guarantee this drug too much.

Happy With Herpes – The personal blog of Gary, who has been living with herpes for years and shares all his information about herpes.

Herpes Vaccine – This is a Herpes Vaccine blog wrote by Bill Halford, who has been doing search for a safe and effective HSV-2 vaccine.

The Herpes Blog – The personal blog of Nanci, who was diagnosed with genital herpes when she was 17. She shared her herpes story and ways of managing herpes in The Herpes Blog.

Living with HSV – This is a good blog where you are able to know herpes statistics in the United States, UK, Australia, Canada and the world.

Herpes Virus – If you are newly diagnosed with herpes, this blog wrote by Luanne will help you to deal with the social stigma which has been attached to people with herpes.

Love in the Time of Herpes – Same as the name of this blog – Love in The Time of Herpes, you will relax yourself while reading this blog.

Herpes Clinic – A blog of herpes facts.

Herpes Site – Established in 1994, HS provides resources, support, information on treatment options, self-help, diet, nutrition, dating, relationships, research and more.

HerpesOnline.org – If you have herpes and looking for information on herpes, HerpesOnline.org may be a good blog for you. It was established in 2002 and serve everyone who has Herpes.

Herpes Support Groups

Herpes support group is not online herpes dating website, and it focus on helping people with herpes to seek friendship, support and resources. So, it will not offer dating service. Normally, herpes support group is non-profit organization and run by volunteers who will hold local meetings and events.

Herpes Viruses Association – The Herpes Viruses Association (HVA) is a charity staffed by two people in United Kingdom, for sharing information to those with herpes and helping them to manage with this virus. The HVA will host meetings and answer the questions about herpes on the phone.

Toronto Herpes – This is a volunteer organization servicing the Toronto area since 1982. It provides a friendly environment where people with genital herpes are able to get information and share experiences with others.

Metro DC HELP – This is a support group servicing the Washington area, for helping people with herpes to deal with the emotional and physical problems. On the 2nd Monday of each month, it will hold a meeting.

Beantown Friends – This is a support and social group for people with herpes who want to make new friends, sharing fun activities and get information in the Boston.

LA HELP – A support center for people living with herpes who comes from Los Angeles area.

DFW Friends – If you are living with herpes and come form Dallas/Fort Worth, this is nice place for your to meet new friends who have the same condition.

Ohio Friends – A social and support group run by volunteers in Ohio.

Houston H Friends – Herpes support group in Houston for people with herpes to seek friendship and support.

Indy HELP – This website was created to help people living with herpes in Indianapolis area.

Colorado H Friends – A group dedicated to people with herpes in Colorado.

Seattle H Scene – This is a private support group for people with herpes in Western Washington, to make new friends and share experiences.

San Diego City HELP – A support group in San Diego for providing people with herpes with emotional support and reliable medical information.

Central Cali H Friends – It is not a dating website, so it will not offer dating service. This is a support group for people with herpes in Central California, to meet other people in the same area.

Don`t worry if there is not a support group in your area, since the Metro Detroit HELP, Charlotte H and Herpes.SupportGroups.com welcome every people with herpes from all over the world to join and share their experiences.

Herpes Forums

Herpes forum is a good place for people with herpes to share the similar experiences and meet other people who have the same condition, it will make you feel better about the herpes condition and lose the feeling of being alone.

Positive Singles Forums – Positive Singles is the best dating website for people with herpes, and its forums are quite busy, with more than 600 daily forum posts.

HC Support Forum
Herpes Opportunity Forums
Patient UK
MedHelp
Topix
Health Boards

What Did This Post Miss?

Is there any useful information on herpes that I missed in this post? Please leave it in the comments and give me the reason why it should be listed here. Also, make sure it doesn’t overlap with any of the resources above. Thanks for your reading by so far, enjoy it and happy with herpes!

2 thoughts on “Herpes Resources”

  1. What is herpes?
    Herpes Simplex Virus, HSV-1 or HSV-2

    Herpes is one of the most common viral infections in the United States. One of every four Americans over 18 has been exposed to genital herpes. Most people don’t know they’re infected.
    What causes herpes?

    Herpes is a viral infection of the skin caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes: HSV-1 and HSV-2.

    HSV-1 usually causes infections of the mouth such as “cold sores” or “fever blisters” on the lips. Most of the time HSV-2 causes genital herpes. But, either type of herpes can cause an infection of the mouth or genitals.
    How is it spread?

    Herpes is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected. You can get herpes from someone who has sores on his or her lips, skin or genitals. But, most of the time, herpes is spread when someone does not have any signs or symptoms. The herpes virus can still rub off a person’s skin even when he or she has no sores that you can see.

    Remember: you can get herpes from someone who has no sores or symptoms and if you have herpes you can spread it even if you have no sores or symptoms.
    What are the signs and symptoms?

    Only about half the people who get herpes have symptoms. Those who do have symptoms usually have an outbreak two to 10 days, or within three weeks, after they get the virus. The first symptoms are usually the worst. They are called primary herpes.

    Signs and symptoms may include:

    A fever, headache, and muscle aches. Three days later, painful blisters and skin ulcers appear where you were infected. This may be your mouth, genital area, anus and/or rectum.
    Blisters may be “hidden” in your vagina.
    About a week after the skin rash, tender and swollen glands, or lymph nodes, may develop in your groin.

    If you do not get treatment, your rash and pain will usually go away within 3 to 4 weeks.

    Your sores will heal, but the virus will never go away. It will always stay in your body in a latent form. This means it will be quiet, hidden, and you will not have symptoms. But, herpes can become active again and cause new sores. This is called “recurrent” herpes.

    The second time you have symptoms, they will usually hurt less and not be as bad as the first time. Recurrent herpes often starts with a burning or itchy feeling one to two days before a skin rash begins.

    Can herpes cause any more problems?

    The most severe problem (complication) happens when a woman passes the virus to her baby during delivery. If the infant is infected, it is very serious. This infection often causes the baby to die or suffer mental retardation and blindness. This problem is rare and usually happens when a woman gets herpes for the first time near delivery. If a woman has a genital herpes outbreak when she goes into labor, she may need a C-section (Cesarean delivery).

    Urinating may be very painful if you have sores on your vulva (the external parts of the female genitals). You may be more comfortable if you sit in a tub of warm water and urinate into the bath water.

    It is rare, but the first time you have herpes, it can cause the nerves to your bladder to become inflamed. If this happens, you will not be able to urinate. This is a temporary problem. You should see a health care provider for treatment.
    How will I know if I have herpes?

    If you have any sores, blisters, or red areas on your genitals your health care provider should examine you. He or she will swab the area to test for the virus. If you don’t have any sores, a blood test can be done to see if you have ever been exposed to herpes.
    Is there a cure?

    No. Herpes is a chronic, lifelong infection. It will never go away. Even though there is no cure, antiviral medicines can help to:

    Treat the symptoms,
    Lower your chances of having an outbreak,
    Lower the number of times you shed the virus without knowing it, and
    Prevent you from having the symptoms again.

    Medicines include:

    Acyclovir (ay sye’ kloe veer) which is also called Zovirax;
    Famcyclovir (fam sye’ kloe veer) also called Famvir, and
    Valacyclovir (val ay sye’ kloe veer) or Valtrex.

    These work best if you take them at the first sign of burning or itching, before the sores appear. Another way to take them is to take a small amount each day. Acyclovir is given to newborns who are infected during birth.
    What about my partner(s)?

    Because herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD), your sex partners should be checked for symptoms. Many partners do not have symptoms that can be seen or felt. But, your partners still need to be checked for infection and other STDs.

    Since herpes is a lifelong infection, it is important to talk openly and honestly with your partners. If you’d like advice about how to talk to your partners, call one of the numbers at the end of this fact sheet.
    When can I have sex again?

    You should not have oral, vaginal or anal sex when you have sores. Also do not have any kind of sex if you think you might be getting an outbreak. Remember: you can pass the virus to your partners even when you do not have symptoms.

    You should tell your current and future partners that you have herpes.
    How can I prevent herpes?

    Not having sex (abstinence) is the only sure way to avoid infection.

    To lower your chances of giving or getting herpes, use latex or polyurethane condoms every time you have oral, vaginal or anal sex. Using these condoms the right way each time you have sex can reduce your risk of genital herpes. Using condoms will not totally stop the risk of giving or getting herpes because this disease is spread through “skin-to-skin contact” from sores/ ulcers OR infected skin that may look normal. Condoms also help prevent the spread of other STDs including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

    If you are sexually active, you and your partners should get a full physical checkup. This includes a complete sexual history and testing for common STDs. You should be checked for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and HIV.
    Will anyone know the results of the exams?

    Your test results and any treatment will be kept absolutely confidential. No one can find out your results, except you. If you are under 18 you can be checked and treated for STDs without getting permission from your parents.

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