I was tested for STDs a few days ago and today I got the res

I was tested for STDs a few days ago and today I got the results. I'm positive for Herpes. Both type one and two!
I was tested for this in June because I was suspicious and I was negative back then.

I am panicking. I just started dating someone and we kissed and he had sore throat the day after each time we kissed. I don't have any symptoms.

I think my first outbreak was back in June but I probably didn't have the antibodies developed so I didn't test positive.

I haven't had many partners, just my ex husband.
Now how do I tell this guy? How do I even date with Herpes? How do I not feel ashamed and embarrassed?
Please tell me how I can feel normal and how can have some hope that I can still have a happy relationship?

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(78225)
Jan 13

@positive012022
that's expected! you'll go through phases. it's part of the journey...
here is a link to a typical phases:
http://projectaccept.org/phases-of-std-acceptance-text-only/

in the meantime, we are here for you.

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(12735)
Jan 13

Sorry for your herpes diagnosis. I have had herpes since 2015. At first is is scary, but it does get better and it is part of your life, but not the end. In fact, I have found so many great people in the herpes community that I have found relationships better.

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(340)
Jan 13

It gets easier and accepting you have this. At first I freak! I kept having panic attacks and thinking no one would love me or be with me and that my life was over! I found out at 18 now 24 and just within that time I have accepted it and this is who I am. I am always here to talk if you need someone to speak with.

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