It was a cloudy Saturday day night. Ashley was a little hangover from last night, so she wasn't feeling very dandy. She kept thinking about the boy she made out the night before. Wondering if she will ever see him again.
Ashley went to the bathroom to brush her teeth. after she looked in the mirror she noticed she had blister all over her mouth. She started to freak out and thinking "oh please don't be herpes from that cute boy." She was extremely upset so she made an appointment with the doctor.
When the doctor checked Ashely they told her that it looked like herpes simplex and took a swab. They gave her a five-day treatment of aciclovir and lidocaine ointment to relieve the itchy pain.
When Ashely got home, she searched the internet for ‘genital herpes’ but the sites she found gave scary, alarming and very negative information. Ten days later the clinic texted to say the swab test was positive for herpes simplex.
Ashely was devastated. she didn't know how to processed the news. she remembers feeling like her life was pretty much over – "I will never, ever, ever, have another relationship and that my life is pretty much over as far as love goes. Who would accept someone like me? Herpes! Wow, you may as well have said I had The Plague or leprosy. It would have hit me just as hard". she took a bit of time to process and then decided to reach out to see what resources were out there. she needed more information, to understand this and to know if she was the only one on the planet with this “sentence.”
Ashely found some support sites for people who had herpes and she started reaching out and talking to people. she joined a local herpes support group and then other herpes dating sites and through all these sites she started to develop friendships and to see from the experience of others that maybe her life was not, in fact, over.