A group of men and women of all ages have revealed what it is really like to live with herpes, in the hopes of showing others who have been diagnosed with the common sexually transmitted disease that they are not alone - nor are their lives over.
And Britni, 30, noted: 'The people that judge and stigmatize you for it aren't worth having in your life anyway.
If you're HSV , I want you to know that you're wonderful just the way you are.
Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.' Jenelle found people who wanted to help her raise awareness and banish all stigma for the disease through the the herpes activists network she runs and private support groups, as well as people who have reached out to her to thank her while looking to give back to others in similar situations.
'Sex requires a conversation first now, but I think that’s dramatically improved my sex life and the type of relationships I have,' 23-year-old Ella said, while Christine, 44, said she is 'more stringent' on who she has sex with without protection.
Honest and open: Lance (left), 41, said he is an 'even better person' now that he has been diagnosed, while Anja (right), 51, admitted that she didn't date 'outside of the herpes community' for three years'Even though he didn’t break up with me, it became a card he could play every time we had an argument.