"Herpes isn't the thing that is going to knock you down; it's the thing that may wake you up into recognizing that you held the power the whole time."
Eventually, the reality of the situation sinks in: Others don't judge you like you judge you. Once you have the courage to check your assumptions of whether or not the world will judge you, you may just be in for a pleasant surprise. The reality of our situation is rarely as bad as we make it up to be in our heads. Freedom is being able to recognize it and not let it hoodwink you.