I was diagnosed with GH on October 10, 2011. I remember the date because it was the worst day of my life. I had to go to Planned Parenthood for the appointment because of my lack of medical insurance, and they treated me like I was a streetwalker! I was made to feel like I must have done something to deserve this diagnosis and the doctor JAMMED scissors into my open sores to cut out samples for testing (without warning!). I have only been with one man, we are engaged now, and he does not have GH. He does get cold sores on his mouth (herpes simplex 1 I believe) about 4 times a year, so we think that's how I got it. The first outbreak was absolutely awful! But I haven't had another one until now, a year and a half later. I don't know what I was doing to make it stay away for this long!!! Nothing, actually. But now it's back and thank goodness the pain is not as bad as that first one! It gives me hope that living with this isn't going to be the hell I imagined. I'm just looking for something to help it HEAL, the pain is inconsequential to me. I'm glad to see so many people writing in. That doctor's visit in October really made me feel dirty and scummy and I hope NO ONE has to get treated that way again!
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