Dear Joy Behar: Your small minded, ignorant and insensitive
comments about people with herpes could be hurtful to people who take
you seriously. Both those who have and those who don't have herpes.
You ought to be ashamed of yourself and make an apology. ~Rob
Dear Joy Behar: Your story has certainly traveled the world. Firstly,
thanks for the opportunity to give us the "SILENT COMMUNITY" a chance to
voice our opinion regarding the IGNORANT ATTITUDES that we have recently
heard about on "THE VIEW" in the USA. Like thousands of other people, I
didn't ask for HSV1 or HSV2, oral and genital herpes. I'm sure you are
well aware of the high herpes statistics by now. Australia is
reported to be as high as 1 in 6 to 8 people who know or don't even know
they have Herpes. Sadly, because of this IGNORANCE, many people cannot
face the rejection and jokes, they choose to keep silent about their
health status, and spread Herpes further into the community. Some
people just retreat and live a lonely life, while others live with
constant depression and huge emotional scars. The majority of us learn
to live with this "minor irritation", but like divorce and other
relationships, we suffer for years because of the lies and hurt that was
inflicted upon us by someone we thought we loved!! Honestly, next time you kiss someone, DO
YOU EVER THINK OF HEPATITIS C?? I believe it's much worse than Herpes.
Next time you sleep with your partner, do you always practice safe sex?
Is your partner being faithful or honest? Herpes is mostly
invisible, we don't walk around with huge dripping sores hanging off our
genitals. Countless people, including myself, have been misdiagnosed
for years, it certainly wasn't washing powder or beach sand in my
bathers!! I'm pleased to be able to voice my views.
I hope by now you understand some of the pain and anguish that your
comments have caused in our LARGE community. ~Lesley from MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA