How do you cope with the stigma? All the jokes in movies? An

How do you cope with the stigma? All the jokes in movies? And people who denigrate those who have herpes. I feel upset whenever this happens...

i deal with it by fighting back with knowledge!!
if someone should say something, i'll ask if they ever had Chicken Pox, mononucleosis (epstein-barr), roseola infantum as an infant, shingles, etc. when they say "YES", i boast "Oh ~ You Have Herpes! Everyone has one form or another"! then i leave because i do not want to be around anyone who doesn't know and feeds into the stigma!

THESE ARE ALL A FORM OF HERPES!! there are EIGHT TYPES of herpes so chances are people have had one type or another! and THAT generally shuts 'em up! i never disclose that i have it unless i plan to be intimate!

Please see this link:

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Herpesvirus family types:
There are EIGHT currently identified members of the herpesvirus family. They are ubiquitous and extremely well adapted pathogens. The name comes from the Greek 'herpein' - 'to creep', describing the chronic, latent or recurrent nature of infections.

Herpes simplex type I (HSV-1).
Herpes simplex type II (HSV-2).
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV/HHV-3).
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV/HHV-4).
Cytomegalovirus (CMV/HHV-5).
Herpesvirus type 6 (HBLV/HHV-6).
Herpesvirus type 7 (HHV-7).
Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV/HHV-8).

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remember ~ Knowledge is Power & Power is Confidence!

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Thank you for this. I wish that people could be more sensitive . I have only told one friend about it because I knew that she would be supportive.

sadly it’s the world we live in…