Hello, dear.

I write about my experience of living with my HSV+ (herpes simplex virus, type 1) status.
I am now a health educator, teaching individuals the importance of preventative care.

Please don't be shy if you're needing advice or simply want to chat. :)

Anonymous asked: I went to the er on Sunday night after work because of painful sores "down there" that I couldn't stand. She gave me medicine for a yeast infection& sent me on my way. It's just gotten worse& I went to urgent care yesterday& she took one look at it and said "you have herpes" I cried so hard. I don't know how to handle it yet. I'm 19. I feel like it's ruined my life already :(

Hello my dear anon.

I am sincerely sorry for your visits of your conditions. I hope you’re feeling better from when you were first diagnosed.

Unfortunately doctors and other health professionals are extremely unaware of the lack of compassion, empathy, 

Please know that your life is not ruined. Many of us who were diagnosed were unsure of how to handle our conditions as well.

My advice is to do what you feel is best. To take care of yourself, prioritize yourself and use this moment in your life of pain, confusion to reflect deeply.

I am unsure if you’re aware of how I came to be, but I was 18 years old, a week shy of my 19th birthday when I was diagnosed.

Here I am, 4 years later sincerely glad that I learned all the things I did due to me being diagnosed.

Now, I know not all stories will have the same ending or be similar, but it sincerely did help me that life continues on. 

Do not give up hope. Do not give up on yourself. 

Please message me or other HSV+ folks on tumblr for advice or guidance if every you find you need it.

Please take care!

Anonymous asked: I found out I have herpes this time last year and the only person who knows is my mom. Im not ready to tell my friends bc of the judgement. And It just makes me feel so distant from everyone. I don't know what to do change it.

Hello my dear.

I hope since you wrote me this you’re feeling a lot better about the HSV skin condition.

In all honesty, you tell who you feel like you should tell. Some HSV+ people want the world to know, as they do not have a preference of who knows their condition whereas others do not want anyone to know of their status.

Now either is perfectly acceptable so long individuals in relationships are consensual to all activities and are aware of the possible results.

I sincerely apologize that you feel distant from others but know that you are not alone in this. Nearly 80% of individuals in the USA have a form of HSV. And a majority do not know about it!

As I had said earlier - many individuals rather keep a small knit of individuals in their circle aware or informed of their condition.

If you feel alone, there are a number of support groups online or even here on Tumblr where you can find and chat with other HSV+ people.

I hope this response makes you feel better anon :) Please take care!

project-accept:

While 1 in 4 may have carry Genital Herpes, around 3 in 4 actually have the potential to give someone Genital Herpes. This is what the public really needs to learn: how herpes actually works.

project-accept:

While 1 in 4 may have carry Genital Herpes, around 3 in 4 actually have the potential to give someone Genital Herpes.

This is what the public really needs to learn: how herpes actually works.

“The cultures of people of color are either packaged for consumption or called upon to fill cultural and spiritual voids of Eurocentrism.”

Michael Vavrus

That shit blew my mind and made understanding cultural appropriation way clearer for me. 

(via thisisnotjapan)

How rape trials should go

  • Lawyer: Did he rape her?
  • Witness: Yes, but she was drunk and passed out.
  • Lawyer: That's not what I asked. Did he rape her?
  • Witness: Yes, but she was wearin-
  • Lawyer: I didn't ask what she was wearing. Did he rape her?
  • Witness: Yes, but-
  • Lawyer: I didn't ask anything else. It's just a simple yes or no answer. Did he rape her?
  • Witness: Yes.
  • Laywer: Yes, he raped her.
  • Rape is rape is rape, no matter the context.
breakingnews:

Microsoft announces thousands of job cuts
CNBC: Tech giant Microsoft says it will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year, the biggest round of cuts in the company’s history.

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breakingnews:

Microsoft announces thousands of job cuts

CNBC: Tech giant Microsoft says it will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year, the biggest round of cuts in the company’s history.

Photo: Microsoft sign (Getty Images file)

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