Offended Moments: Starting with the Doctor
first year of having HSV and HPV I have definitely been offended by the
way people have acted and what they have said. It started off with
my doctor who was very nice to me before I got herpes. After that I
had to go in for lots of pap smears and rechecks for my pre-cancer
cells and things started to change.
I tried to ask questions and she never had the time to answer them.
She always had her hand on the door. She acted disgusted to touch me and made sure
she got out of the room as quick as possible or at least this is the
way she made me feel.
So in the meantime I have switched doctors and
things are going much better in that department. I have
also experienced lots of things in nursing school. There was one
time my instructor was giving a short talk about HPV and while she
was explaining what a wart looked like all the students were like
"yuck" and the teacher said "yeah, stay away from those people". I
couldn't believe what I had just heard from a medical professional
and our future medical professionals.
also another time when I was in my clinical rotation and all the
nursing students were sitting around talking and the topic of STDs
came up. At one point in the conversation
everybody was saying how they would never get near anybody with
herpes, HPV, or any other STD and how they couldn't understand why
someone would date a person like that. They just preceded to say how
disgusting those people were. I really wanted to just stand up and
say well you know what? I have it! But I didn't.
It is a
tough situation to deal with. I'm not embarrassed of what I have and
I'm not afraid to tell people. Probably the only thing that stopped
me was that nursing school is hard enough by itself without going
through the whole thing with people giving you dirty looks and
talking behind your back which is probably what I would go through
if everybody knew my situation. I figure when I am a nurse I will
have more power to stand up for people with herpes as well as other
that I am not a bad person because I have this. I'm no different
then anybody else except I was unlucky, but yet in another way I was
also lucky because lots of good things have happened since I was
diagnosed with HSV and HPV.
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