HERPES SUPPORT GROUPS and HERPES SOCIAL GROUPS Herpes Support Groups and Herpes Social Groups exist in most major cities in the US and Canada and online, and we list them all below.Herpes support groups are sometimes called “HELP” support groups, and are occasionally affiliated with ASHA, the American Social Health Association.Many local herpes groups function as both a Herpes Support Group and a Herpes Social Group.There are also many “secret” (hidden) herpes Facebook groups that have hundreds or thousands of members, but cannot be found by doing a search and require knowing the right person who can “add” you.Jenelle Marie Davis, 34, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will gladly explain why having herpes isn’t the end of the world. It took years for Davis, founder of The STD Project, which encourages awareness and acceptance of various sexually transmitted diseases, and spokesperson for Positive Singles, a dating site for people with STDs, to come to terms with the diagnosis she got at age 16.“My mom says the entire way home from my appointment, I cried and said no one would ever love me, no one would ever want me, and I’d never get married,” Davis tells SELF.When she was diagnosed with herpes almost three years ago, Whitney Carlson, 29, a social media editor in Chicago, had a similar reaction.At Positive Singles, we have been helping people with STDs find love and support since 2001.
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Once I left that relationship I realized that he had been treating me in a way that was really inexcusable, and decided that nobody gets to make you feel worthless.
It doesn't matter what virus you have or what decisions you've made in life, there's no justification for that.
It can be really scary to have a conversation with someone that you just started dating because you're so worried that the other person will judge you in that moment.
MC: Can you talk about some of the specific experiences you've had?