German Shepherd Dog painted in time for Halloween. (x)
This is adorable
HOLY SHIT, IT WAS THE ORIGINAL ONE
MAKE A WISH
the first post ever on tumblr
this was why they put the reblog button on the bottom of posts
I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO SEE LINDSAY LOHAN OR SOME SHIT WOW
Always reblog because perfection.
I was waiting for the stupid patrick thing but yay the real post. love it.
This is sacred
OHMYZOD IT’S BACK
I REMEMBER WHEN THIS HAD 10000 NOTES AND I HAD TO TAKE THE TIME AND SCROLL ALL THE WAY BACK UP TO REBLOG
I told the guy 4000 miles away that I have HSV.
AND HE DOESNT CARE. HE DOESNT FUCKING CARE AT ALL!
I’m so fucking relieved.
I was able to find someone, who I really like, I can even say I love him already and we haven’t even met, and he doesn’t care that I have herpes. I could cry, no I’m going to cry, because I’m so god damn happy.
20 more days till he’s here and I can’t fucking wait.
There’s all these fucking love stories about having cancer or potentially dying, but herpes will NEVER do anything more than be a slight inconvenience. Still, people will write someone off for a skin condition.
Tomorrow I’m gonna tell the guy 4,000 miles away that I have HSV. He’s coming here in 20 days, and I don’t want the first thing we have to talk about, in person, to be about herpes. I hope he accepts it, but I’m prepared for the worst.
I am writing this and speaking openly about some personal issues in the hopes that anyone suffering from the same, similar, or worse, can find comfort in realizing they are not alone, gain strength from understanding these issues, and attain a more positive outlook on dealing with STD’s and STI’s. My goal in communicating this is not only to help those who know these feelings of guilt, depression, and lowered self-esteem, but also to educate those who continue the stigma that having an STI or an STD makes you dirty, or a slut, or any less desirable.
NOW. LET. ME. LEARN. YOU. A. THING…
How many people have genital herpes?
- About one out of five people in the United States has genital herpes.
- That’s more than 50 million people in the United States who have genital herpes.
- 85% of people with genital herpes don’t know they have it.
- That’s 42 million Americans who are unaware they have genital herpes.
- Genital herpes is the most prevalent viral STD.
Genital herpes virus is passed from one person to another through sexual contact. This happens even if the person with the virus doesn’t have symptoms or signs of infection.
Once the virus enters through the skin, it travels along nerve paths. It may become dormant (inactive) in the nerves and remain there indefinitely.
From time to time, the virus may become active. When that happens, the virus travels back along the nerve path to the surface of the skin, where additional virus is shed.
At this point the virus may cause an outbreak of symptoms. Or it may remain undetected.
In either case, the active virus is easily passed from one partner to another through sexual contact. Even wearing a condom may not protect the uninfected partner. The virus can be present on skin that remains uncovered.
The number of recurrences or outbreaks a person can have may vary.
What Are the Symptoms of Genital Herpes?
Even though you can still pass the infection, you may never notice symptoms from an HSV infection. On the other hand, you might notice symptoms within a few days to a couple of weeks after the initial contact. Or, you might not have an initial outbreak of symptoms until months or even years after becoming infected.
When symptoms occur soon after a person is infected, they tend to be severe. They may start as small blisters that eventually break open and produce raw, painful sores that scab and heal over within a few weeks. The blisters and sores may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms with fever and swollen lymph nodes.
Any of the following symptoms of a genital HSV infection can occur in a man or a woman:
- Cracked, raw, or red areas around your genitals without pain, itching, or tingling
- Itching or tingling around your genitals or your anal region
- Small blisters that break open and cause painful sores. These may be on or around your genitals (penis or vagina) or on your buttocks, thighs, or rectal area. More rarely, blisters may occur inside the urethra — the tube urine passes through on its way out of your body.
- Pain from urine passing over the sores — this is especially a problem in women.
- Flu-like symptoms, including fever, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue
Most people with genital herpes will never have any symptoms. In general, if symptoms are going to appear, they will show up within two weeks of the initial time of infection. The first outbreak is usually the worst, and many people who experience symptoms will do so only once. For most others, the severity and frequency of symptoms will decrease over time.
Hearing from your doctor that you have a herpes genital infection can be extremely stressful. It’s not uncommon for people to get a herpes diagnosis and panic that they will never be able to date or have sex again. Fortunately, that isn’t true. Herpes doesn’t have to be the end of your sex life. You may end up changing the way you talk and think about sex, but just because you have a herpes genital infection doesn’t mean you need to give up on life.
The most important thing to do after being diagnosed with a herpes genital infection is to learn everything you can about herpes so that you understand what is going on in your body. Then, if after reading everything you can about the virus you’re still finding yourself unable to cope, don’t feel hesitant about seeking professional help. Herpes is just a virus, but it’s a highly stigmatized one, that can be hard to handle emotionally. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to reach out to someone who will listen without judgment and with understanding.
There is no cure for genital herpes, no matter what some may claim, but it can be treated. Anti-viral medications can be used to shorten the duration of outbreaks and reduce their frequency. For individuals with frequent outbreaks, or uninfected partners, daily suppressive therapy may be recommended. In this case, anti-viral medication would be taken constantly to reduce the risk of not only symptoms but transmission. However, even when suppressive therapy is entirely effective at eliminating an infected person’s outbreaks, he still may be able to transmit the herpes virus to a partner.
"We are fuckin’ awesome, and that will never change."
Genital herpes is a frightening diagnosis for many people. Society may have exposed them to messages suggesting that people with herpes genital infections are dirty or somehow flawed, and it is tempting to lash out and look for someone to blame. However, genital herpes is just a disease like any other — a disease, in fact, that affects approximately one in five Americans. And, since it’s incurable, it’s something that they end up having to live with, and deal with for many years. Fortunately, you can do many things to make living with herpes easier.
I HAVE HPV. I HAD A MISCARRIAGE. I HAD CERVICAL CANCER. I HAD AN ABORTION LATE IN MY PREGNANCY DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES. I HAVE HERPES.
None of these things are easy to deal with but herpes is by far the most socially stigmatized.
I AM ALSO AN AWESOME HUMAN BEING, AND AM LIVING AN INCREDIBLE LIFE. I AM ENGAGED TO MY BEST FRIEND AND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. DON’T EVER LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE HAVING HERPES MAKES YOU UNDESERVING OF ANYTHING, BECAUSE IT’S A VIRUS, AND CHANCES ARE THEY HAVE IT TOO AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.
One more thing, and this may be more important than anything, don’t let you make yourself feel like you are underserving of anything. Especially love.
— hsv. Don’t be sad don’t worry of being alone. The more you work on your self and build everything else. This hsv will be one thing that will help you build yourself up. Become strong. Become better. It’s a physical issue. And breaks outs are painful. To prevent them. Build your immune system. Your body will keep it dormant and you won’t have to Worry of it breaking out. I say be strong be giant be fucking super and above everyone
This made me tear up. Thank you so much for this. I wish I knew who you were cause you’re so amazing. Shit happens, and that really sucks, but don’t let this drag with you and bring you down. Thank you so much again. I’m gonna keep this in mind, always. (And please feel free, if you see this, to message me off anon: I’d love to know who you are.)
That statement is just so punny within itself, but this is gonna be dedicated to how herpes (ugh such a dirty word) has positively influenced my life:
To start, I have become a less judgmental person. I’m not quick to assume something about someone based upon a small amount of information. Shit happens to the best of people, and everyone deserves a chance. I’m way more accepting of a lot of things. I’ve also become way more open-minded.
Second, I’ve learned a lot about my own body. Having to look at my vagina all the time to see what’s up has shown me what my body really looks like. I’m more in tuned to whats going on with my body. I’ve also grown to like my body a lot more. I used to think my body was so ugly, but really my body is pretty fucking hot and my vagina is cute as hell.
I’ve started taking better care of myself. I’ve cut out soda completely, cause cola drinks are high in arginine, which aides in the survival of herpes. I’ve also cut out coffee (my love) and all caffeinated drinks, cause caffeinated drinks are also high in arginine. I barely eat any chocolate (my other love). I only drink water now. I started working out regularly again and have lost 15 pounds. I had a terrible drinking and drug problem over the summer, but I felt like it was weakening my immune system. So, I’ve been able to control it, and I’m no longer drinking or doing drugs. Just need to quit cigarettes next. And over all just been eating healthier.
Being diagnosed with HSV has also made me a mentally stronger person. I was able to get through the horrible depression that it caused, and am now happier than I’ve been in a long time. I still struggle day to day, cause I’m pretty sure I’m undiagnosed bipolar, but I know that I can get through pretty much anything now.
I felt like my blog was becoming too negative so I wanted to turn it around with this. If you’re diagnosed with HSV, 1 or 2 is doesn’t matter, or you never contract it in your life, just know that it’s really not all it’s made out to be! Yeah google and your high school sex ed teacher make it seem like it’s worse than cancer, but really, my eczema bothers me more. Of course, I rather not have been diagnosed with this, but it hasn’t ruined my life at all. It’s actually changed some of it for the better.
I haven’t been on in forever. A lot has happened.
That guy from 4000 miles away, well he’s coming here. To stay with me for almost a month in less than a month. Best thing about it: I haven’t told him about my HSV.
Also about having to disclose that night, I didn’t. We didn’t have sex then. I got an appointment at the gyno the next day to make sure everything looked fine. Talked to her about everything. She told me that everything looked fine. How it was weird that I haven’t had another OB. Told me that I shouldn’t even worry about disclosing cause it’s so low risk. Even did a swab and didn’t see any HSV. So, I had sex with him and I didn’t disclose. And I feel like such a piece of shit for it so I really don’t need any shit from anyone about it.
N came back around and wanted to get back together. I told him I was done with him. I was able to tell the person who I thought I was gonna marry, who I thought was the love of my life, the person who have me HSV, that I didn’t want or love them anymore. It’s a huge step but I still feel like he’s the only person who’s gonna truly love me since he knows about my HSV and still wants me.
I think I may delete my blog. I love this community and it’s helped me through so much, but I only come on here when I’m having problems with my HSV. I never wanted this blog to be negative and I feel like it’s turning into that. I don’t know we’ll see. I don’t know if I can let it go just yet.
First off, you’re gonna live through this. HSV isn’t gonna ruin your life, so no need to not wanna be here anymore. It’s sucks and it’s shameful even though it shouldn’t be, but it won’t kill you or anyone else. You will find someone. You won’t be alone. Just take care of you’re self and be comfortable with yourself and you will find someone.
How come you’re reading into it so much if you’re negative? Just stop over thinking. That’s not gonna help any situation. There’s no reason to be scared of HSV. Yeah it’s a bitch, and is more emotionally painful than anything else. If you’re really that worried try not to have random hook ups. If you’re going to have a sexual relationship with someone, do it with someone you trust and be honest. Also, use protection at all times. Condoms and dental dams during oral if you’re really that concerned.
Ugh he feels sick. No please no.
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