I have worked with many patients over the years who have herpes. It can be very difficult for them to figure out how to cope with it themselves and then how to communicate it with others without feeling shame and sadness. I recently had a patient send me this article. I think my patient found both comfort and courage in how bravely this young author began to tell future partners about her situation. I love the message of empowerment.
Sexual issues can make people feel very ashamed and afraid. It can be difficult to discuss many aspects of one’s sexuality because people often think, “I am the only one”. This article does a great job of bringing to light how the lens through which we view an issue has a great deal to do with how we feel about it.