I’m on a mission to dispel the lie that having herpes is something to ashamed of. I’m committed to helping people who have herpes realize that their lives can be just as normal and awesome as they’ve ever wanted. Instead of trying to change culture, all we have to do is wake people up — one at a time — from illusions and false ideas around what it means to have herpes in the first place. And one of the ways to do that is through education.
The reality of herpes is not what most people think. So we’ve prepared this short video as a basic overview of some important herpes facts and perspectives to set the record straight.
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So what's the real deal with herpes?
Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of getting herpes. Period. It comes with the territory. As beautiful as sex can be, it’s also risky. It’s important to weigh both of these things together as reality.
It’s a myth that only sexually promiscuous people get herpes: It’s an equal opportunity virus. You can get herpes whether you’ve only slept with 1 person or 1000.
But herpes is nothing to be paranoid about. Yes, the occasional herpes outbreak can be annoying, but the truth is, it’s a totally manageable, simple skin condition.
Look, nobody *wants* to get herpes — it’s not one of those “designer STDs” that everyone’s rushing to collect — but if you do get it, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world — or even big deal. It’s the same virus that causes cold sores and in the same family of viruses that cause chicken pox, shingles and mono.
So let’s really put this whole thing into perspective.
If you HAVE herpes …
If you don’t have herpes …
There are 2 different types of herpes.
The first type of herpes is HSV-1:
The second type of herpes is HSV-2:
What are the risks of herpes transmission?
Top 2 most important ways to minimize the spread of herpes:
Overall, there’s a 10% chance of women getting genital herpes, 4% for men.
3 ways to protect from passing herpes:
When no herpes outbreak is present,
This means that if a condom and daily suppressive herpes medication is used, that cuts the risk of transmission to women down to 2.5% and the risk of passing herpes to men down to 1%. (To put this into perspective, there is a 1.8% chance per year of dying in a car accident.)
When I first got herpes, I thought nobody would ever want me again. I was convinced that anybody who found out would judge me and run away. I thought my dating life was over. I thought that my sex life was over. I believed that all my close relationships would be tainted or ruined. I was convinced that no one would love me and that I was doomed to being alone forever.
What I learned over time is that none of that’s really true. It’s all a lie. What I learned is there’s no reason to be ashamed, to live in fear or live in the shadows. There’s no reason to give up on the relationships or the dreams I always had for myself. There’s no reason to forget about the future and family I always wanted.
Come to the herpes opportunity and see how I — and hundreds of others — have integrated herpes into a perfectly normal, healthy and beautiful life.
Herpes is NOT a reason to give up on your hopes or your dreams or the future you’ve always wanted for yourself. It’s actually a reason to embrace your life and your circumstances more fully and with more awareness and understanding than ever before.
At the herpes opportunity, we’ve collaborated with communication, sex and relationship experts to provide you with the tools, the perspectives and the guidance you need to keep herpes from holding you back.
There’s no reason for you to be alone in this. There’s no need to suffer with this alone, or figure it all out by yourself. Join our community and connect with people from around the world who know what you’re going through.
This is your opportunity right now, not only to clear herpes as an obstacle, but to claim the life that’s more free and authentic than what you may have thought possible … even before herpes.
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