Coping With Genital Herpes
Coping With and Accepting Genital Herpes
There are a variety of emotions that may occur with a diagnosis of genital herpes, such as fear,
shock, anger, victimization, sadness, and shame. These feelings may last for a short while or a longer period of
Here are some suggestions to help you cope with genital
- Go to a clinic
or your doctor for a diagnosis, if you have not already.
- Knowing for sure
that you have genital herpes can help you to cope with your symptoms and allow you to begin to accept the
fact that you have this condition.
- Realize that you
are not alone. Genital herpes is a common disease—1 in 5 people in the United States have it. There are
many people experiencing similar emotions and symptoms as yours.
- If your anger
about having genital herpes is a problem, seek professional help to allow you to put herpes into
perspective. Actively seek answers to your questions, and get the facts on issues that are bothering you.
You may also want to talk to someone at a self-help group or discuss your feelings with a trusted
- Talk to your
doctor about appropriate treatment options.
- Do not blame
yourself or someone else because you have herpes. If you do, you may prevent yourself from healing
emotionally and moving forward with your life.
- If you are
feeling hopeless or depressed, seek assistance as soon as possible by calling your doctor or a crisis
hotline, or going to the emergency room. Counseling can help people whose lives are being significantly
disrupted by herpes. A counselor can also help you with telling your partner.
- Support groups
for people with genital herpes will provide you with the opportunity to talk to other people who have this
You can also call the National Herpes Hotline (919-361-8488) to speak
to someone who is knowledgeable about herpes and understands what you are going through. The hotline is
available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Ten Ways to Manage
Your Herpes Symptoms