Herpes can sometimes be a very socially isolating condition. Self esteem can be impacted and feelings of being unworthy or unfit for relationships of any kind can emerge.
It’s important in these situations to get some support to get past these feelings. This can be professional support – seeing a counselor; or non-professional help – accessing a peer support program; or even something that does not seem like help at all – socialising with others who have the virus.
Many people report that connecting with others ‘in the same boat’ via online forums or at real world meetings played a major role in their coming to terms with having this life-long condition.
Seek out opportunities to interact with others who have ‘been there’ before you – join a support forum, attend a support group meeting, get involved in a community network, join a herpes dating site, etc. Find the support or connections you need to help you cope with your diagnosis and start getting on with your life again