Online Support for Herpes Singles
Herpes support groups play a huge role in helping individuals infected with the herpes virus lead a normal productive life. The society however still stereotypes those infected with herpes and most infected people fear rejection or discrimination. The disease can affect anyone and infection does not necessarily mean one is promiscuous. Research done in the United States shows that one in five adults in the US is infected with the virus and this goes to show that anyone can be infected. In its initial stages, the virus is dormant and an infected person can easily transmit the virus to their partner without knowing.
In normal conditions an individual will find it quite challenging to date. The situation gets more difficult for an infected individual. Opening up to a partner might be quite difficult with worry of what the partner’s reaction might be. Most infected people fear rejection and they tend to think their partners might blame them for transmitting the infection to them not knowing the partner might have had the infection before them. The infected have low self-esteem and might withdraw from dating completely; the support groups provide support by guiding the infected on how they will live a normal life.
The members might also assist the infected with giving them possible advise on how they will open up to their partners. The support group includes other infected members and in other cases, they might have doctors who will advise on possible treatment of the symptoms. The doctors also offer advice on types of foods the infected can eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some infected people tend to isolate themselves from everybody once they find out they are infected.
The support groups are important more or so for such people who might experience frequent outbreaks as stress tends to trigger the herpes outbreaks by activating the virus which will surface on the skin with the subsequent symptoms. The infected will get to learn a lot in the support groups where members are friendly with advice from infected individuals and this will help them in coping with the infection. The infected will have a sense of belonging in such groups where fellow members are infected and the feeling of loneliness will be no more.
Members who fear face to face talks exist and others might find it hard to open up for the first time to people about their condition. Meet Positives is a good starting ground for herpes support. The infected can interact with the members on the online group without having to be in face to face contact with them. Members of Meet Positives give personal stories of how they managed through the first stages of the infection. The people are honest and an infected individual will feel good sharing with such people.
Herpes support groups are important in ensuring the infected lead a normal life, information shared and discussed in the groups will be important to the positive individuals.