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Herpes Support – Where to go for help?

Herpes Support

Living with herpes isn’t always easy!  Sometimes, a little support is all that’s needed to get you back on the right track.

 

Trying to find herpes support isn’t always easy. You almost need to live in major city to have any chance of finding a support group specifically for people dealing with herpes. For this reason, many turn to the internet for support and this can have mixed results.

There are a lot of memories that can stick in a person’s mind.  Things like your first kiss, that winning touchdown, a big promotion…etc. One of those memories may also include the day the doctor confirmed your herpes diagnosis. Time probably stopped and your ride home seemed like an eternity. Once home, you were scared but the worst part is that you felt isolated and alone.

Like most, you can’t exactly pick up the phone and tell your friends or post it as your Facebook status. More times than not, the stigma of herpes is worst than actually having the virus, itself.  Then, the fear and anxiety set in as you try to ponder what life with herpes will be like. It is times like these where a little support can go a long way.

Those who have lived with herpes for more than 20 years had it a lot harder as support wasn’t readily available.  Today, however, we have the power of the internet.

Support for herpes is just a few clicks away. You just need to find it and have the courage to realize that you may not be able to deal with this on your own.  This is one of the reasons why HWerks was started.  Members join all the time who are in this very same situation.  You can almost hear them breathe a sigh of relief as they enter.

Our members can find great support via our forums and live chat but there are other places to also find good support for herpes.

For more support options:

  • Check the local herpes groups in your state.  While most groups are social with a monthly get-together, many offer support as well.   The word “Help” in the title indicate that they offer support.  The groups are listed on the right side of the page, HERE.
  • Pick up the phone and contact the National Herpes Hotline at (919) 361-8488 or the National STD/STI Hotline at (800) 227-8922.
  • Go to an event!  If you want to meet a really great bunch of people who also share our “Gift” then check out an event.  Local groups usually have a monthly get-together.  There are also National Events where people fly in from all over to attend.  There is even a cruise this year!  Events are more of a social setting rather than support but you will definitely see that you are not alone.  Many first-time event goers will tell you that events make a huge impact.

Not everybody living with herpes needs support.  They consider it just another curve ball that life throws their way.  For others, a little support is all they to get their lives back on track.  The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to do this alone.  Don’t be afraid to get help.   It doesn’t make you weak, it just means that you are human.

Of course, you are welcome to join us! We have awesome members!

If you know of other great support outlets or local locations, let us know in the comment section.  We would like to hear from you and others may find it useful as well!

 

6 comments… add one
  • dwyane

    October 21, 2014, 12:59 pm

    are there any support groups in Philadelphia for hpv

  • Dex

    October 21, 2014, 4:52 pm

    Welcome Dwayne!

    Most of the volunteer groups deal with both HPV and HSV. I just noticed that the Philadelphia Friends Social Group is down. Actually, it looks like Yahoo has changed the links on all of their sites very recently. Give us a day or so to find the correct links.

  • Rose

    October 21, 2014, 8:15 pm

    how do I get help?

  • sarah

    November 22, 2014, 11:37 am

    I need alot of help i cant deal with this

  • Dex

    November 22, 2014, 2:31 pm

    Hi Sarah and Rose!

    I know, from experience, that a herpes diagnosis feels like getting hit with a ton of bricks right in the stomach. You have probably read where people say that it does get better but it doesn’t seem possible, at first. I felt the same way and thought those people were crazy. Well, they turned out to be right.

    The important thing is not to try to get through this on your own. It is so much easier, and a huge relief, when you are around people in your same situation. You will see that you are not alone and there are some amazing people who were once where you are now.

    The best advice I can give is:

    1. Join us or another community like us. You would be surprised by how much this helps.

    2. Find a local group in your area. This is also a great way to make some great friends.

    3. Email us your situation, questions and what you are going through. We will post it to the Reader’s Section (Coming soon) where others can chime in.

    Now, if you are suffering from depression or even heading that way then it would be beneficial to seek a professional therapist or counselor. Just know, this isn’t the end of the world.

  • Andrew Freeman

    March 3, 2015, 7:05 pm

    Please provide educational information on treatments, clinical trials, new studies, etc.

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