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International Herpes Week

International Herpes Week is October 10 - 16. I know about this because I happen to have herpes. I've known about my herpes status since 1995. Did you know that 90% of people that have genital herpes don't know that they have it?

I believe that's a big reason why the International Herpes Alliance poses the question: "I have herpes - don't you?" on their campaign logo. Many people don't realize how common it is to have herpes simplex virus.

Thousands have no clue that herpes testing is not part of the routine std testing process. How is the majority of society going to figure all this out if we are not talking openly and honestly about herpes?

Charlie Ebel says it best, "There is no doubt that genital herpes still carries a certain social stigma. This can act as a barrier, discouraging people from seeking medical help or talking honestly with their sexual partners. Through International Herpes Week, we want to challenge this stigma and to encourage people to talk more openly and honestly about genital herpes."

In honor of International Herpes Week I want to take the time to dedicate this post to all the people that are not afraid to talk about herpes. You can find these people have shared their herpes stories, founded support groups, created a social awareness in their communities and continue to set a positive example for the rest of the world.

Below are ways in which you can contribute your time, brush up on your writing skills and take complete advantage of that computer you have sitting in front of you. I am looking for people that want to volunteer their time to write letters and get your voice heard.

You can volunteer a few minutes a couple of times a week to answer questions and share your experiences with others on our forum.

Share your courage with others in the form of a story contribution. You can use the contact form in the sidebar and I will post it anonymously.

 

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