So, last year I went on a girly holiday with my best friend. I'm normally really sensible when it comes to who I sleep with and contraceptives and I've only slept with 5 people since I became sexually active. I was stupid on holiday, I slept with someone without using contraceptives... the result, Herpes. As a 21 year old woman, it's not something you want to hear.
I walked home from the doctor's feeling numb and upset and as soon as I got into my house and saw my mum I broke down crying. It was my own fault but it made me angry that this guy was going round sleeping with girls and infecting them with such a permanent thing. I'm stuck with it for life. I don't know how to tell someone I'm going to sleep with that I have it. I think they'd go running from me screaming!
I contracted it in September 2012 and I've had two breakouts since. The first breakout was extremely uncomfortable and it lasted weeks. The two breakouts I've had since haven't been anywhere near as bad and I'm kind of coming to terms with the fact that I have it.
I know I need to go to a GUM clinic to talk to someone about it but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it yet. I think over the next few weeks I should maybe try and go, just to get more info on it and help with how to tell someone.