Name: Brandy
Age: 27
Sex: Female
Occupation: Stay at home mom

Year Infected: 1995
OB's per year: 2-3
Method of control: Still Working on it
Prodromes: Tingling, Itching, Soreness in legs

My Story: I was 22 and in my last year of college when I kissed my boyfriend goodby as I was going to work one day. I never had a cold sore or been around anyone who had cold sores. So kissing him when he had one did not seem like a big deal to me. Well 2 weeks later I got the diagnosis and was horrified, devastated, you name it. He accused me of getting it elsewhere and of course that didn't help my mental status improve at all. We broke up shortly after, and that was when I met my now husband of 3 years. When we began to get intimate I told him of my HSV status but, never really explained it to him in detail (outbreaks, etc.) I know that was the biggest mistake I could have made but, at that time I didn't even like saying the word. Or for that matter, I couldn't say it without turning red and felling "dirty." I never discussed it with my parents, or anyone else, so it became a very big burden for me.

Finding this site allowed me to not feel "dirty" and I was able to really discuss the issue with my husband. I now feel like a new woman and not an outcast of society. I know my life is going to better from now on. My husband and I have a beautiful 1 year old son and I feel I can be a better mother now. Thank You to everyone at this site.