Hi, I’m Shelley and I’ve been living with herpes since 1987 and out about it in a public way for only the past few years. This blog is an attempt to create a space for people to share their thoughts about living with herpes, ideas for pain relief and virus suppression as well as the experiences of coming out, responses from partners, family and health care people.

Anyone may submit a post by emailing me at herpesblog (at) gmail and i’ll post if it suits the very general idea of the blog. It would be really great if you indicated your herpes status in your post and feel free to post anonymously. This blog is open to folks who experience herpes on their face as well as genitals, I think both have their challenges and can cause a lot of pain and shame, though I acknowledge that having sores on our genitals is often considered to be more shameful than on our faces.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by mllevagine on January 17, 2012 at 1:40 am

    AMAZING!! Thanks for starting this Shelley!



  2. Thanks Shelley. Slowly but surely we will educate one and all that it isn’t the end of a sex life. Post coming…


  3. It is great that you are posting this. I am just getting started in really dealing with having herpes myself. 3 years and counting…..


  4. Posted by Marc on April 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Shelly I stumbled on your page at Venus Envy and it reminded me of the link below. #109 has always been my favourite.



  5. I want to first say thank you for doing this.
    I’m 26 years old and have always been stubborn to/doubted my own inclinations regarding certain situations, particularly when getting into a relationship. Turns out I’m not crazy.
    I just moved down to FL with a job transfer. Been here since Aug 1st. But I guess that wasn’t enough for me because I decided I wanted a boyfriend to go with my new job new apartment, yadda yadda. I found this guy on a dating site and was intrigued. We set up a date to meet and it was instant. As soon as I saw him, I heard “NO!” But I thought it was just me being paranoid or whatever. Boy, was I wrong.
    Today I decided to perform a self examination in my genital area because I had been itching really badly and I swear I almost broke down and cried when I looked at my genitalia. All I saw were scabbed sores.
    All I could do was think of how I shouldn’t have doubted myself. Why couldn’t I have loved myself a little harder and protected myself why didn’t I just listen?? At times like these times that life cuts deep, I cry out to my father who passed away when I was 5. Why aren’t you here to protect me? I believe he was trying to that night and I just brushed him off. I haven’t had the testing done for this issue yet, but I’m positive I’ve contracted herpes. And I don’t know what I’m gonna do.


  6. Posted by Richard on August 4, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Hi Shelley,

    Thanks for creating this blog.

    I actually find an article related to love and herps. I posted it here in case someone is interested in it.



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