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 coping with genital
- Go to a clinic or your doctor for a diagnosis, if you have not
Coping with Genital Herpes
- 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
- 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 friend.
- 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
- Support groups for people with genital herpes will provide you with the opportunity to
talk to other people who have this disease.
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