March 16, 2018

Ouch. It stings the first time. When you realize the hell you've been dealing with is the butt of the joke in the Vegas-themed bachelor movie, during the late night monologue, or at the in-laws' Christmas party (true story, more later). It's not personal, so don't take...

March 1, 2018

 Oh, you are so much more. You may have recently disclosed to someone who is accepting of your diagnosis. Maybe your relationship status has moved from single to in a relationship. Perhaps it's gotten more serious, and you've had sex for the first time since becoming h...

February 16, 2018

Use them. Always. Latex or non-latex, flavored or glow-in-the-dark, they are one of the keys to preventing transmission to your sexual partner(s). I also should add that natural condoms, which are made from the tissue of sheep or lambs (commonly called lambskin or shee...

February 1, 2018

Yes, you can. You can have sex with the cute guy at the bar, the girl you've been checking out in class, but the way you go about getting that other person in bed may look a little different with a herpes diagnosis. I'm currently in a committed relationship with someon...

January 16, 2018

A tingle. A shooting pain. In your legs, your butt cheeks, or anywhere in your nether region. It's distracting. It hurts a bit. But it is your body telling you an outbreak is coming, so listen up. Everyone's outbreaks come for different reasons, or no reason at all som...

January 5, 2018

Bon anniversaire! Happy anniversary to me! It's been one year since I contracted herpes and experienced the awful first outbreak: a roller coaster of panic, painful sensations, denial of what I was seeing between my legs, all the while smiling as I was filmed for an in...

December 31, 2017

It's such a cliche, but it is for a reason, it's true: time heals. I'm approaching my one-year anniversary of my herpes diagnosis (let's celebrate!). My outlook about life and love has done a complete 180, from collapsing on the floor and crying out "no one will ever w...

December 17, 2017

We're all in this together. Talking to others living with herpes can be healing. Generate positivity in yourself by loving on others. Share a kind word to someone hurting with his herpes diagnosis. My words to you are a kind of pep talk to myself as I have my up's and...

December 2, 2017

If I've learned anything through my herpes journey, it's to let go of the anger. I cannot change my diagnosis. And being angry about having herpes will not make it go away. Instead, I changed my perspective about how I approach love and relationships. You should too. Y...

November 16, 2017

You can do this. You can disclose with composure, with dignity, with confidence. Before you do, though, remember who you were before your diagnosis. You are the same wonderful, vibrant, deserving person. Forgive yourself for what has happened, whether you were careless...

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