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I soothed the worries of distraught parents asking if their newly diagnosed teenage daughter’s clothes could be washed with everyone else’s or if they could still babysit their younger cousin.By the time I was diagnosed with Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2) in 2015, I was well-versed in the stigma surrounding HIV and STDs.One person nervously insisted he tested negative for the HSV-2 antibody and promised to send me his testing history.Another accidentally texted me when she meant to text a friend to say “how sorry she felt” for me and how “devastated” she would be if she were in my place.Despite all of my knowledge, I was not immune to the societal messages of shame.

Even after clumsily disclosing to my partners months earlier, I initially felt unequipped to handle the conversation with potential dates.I did not, however, anticipate how much stigma I would experience when I was diagnosed.It started with the diagnosing provider, who seemed to suggest that I should have known better, that I should have been more responsible given my profession.I now work full time as a director at the National Coalition of STD Directors. I have counseled friends when they’ve come to me with news of their herpes diagnosis.I have sat with patients after a herpes diagnosis, giving them the pep talk I would end up wishing I had received.

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