One of the most difficult situations in life that a person might encounter, especially if that person is still in a youthful age, is being alone while suffering from herpes. This is because of the fact that herpes is one of the most highly stigmatized sexually transmitted diseases. In this case, whenever a patient actually suffers from herpes, it is more probable that the patient is actually reluctant to seek medical attention, discuss it with close friends and relatives, or even to the family. In this case, it is much worse when the patient has transmitted this disease to his/her sexual partner, for it is more likely that the partner would actually blame the patient, leaving the patient alone. In this case, however, it is important to note that being alone while suffering from this disease does not help in any way. It may be true that the social stigma involved in this disease makes it shameful for the affected one to seek treatment and consult other people; however, it is also true that there are ways on how a patient can actually cope effectively with this disease, and be able to successfully share it with other people. Here than are some of the most effective ways for a patient to cope with having herpes:
Get to realize that one is not alone. Remember that herpes is actually a common disease, wherein majority of affected patients are just unaware that they actually have one. To be exact, every one in five people—approximately 20% of the nation’s population, do have herpes. In this case, it is best for a patient to condition himself emotionally, and remember that if other people have been able to successfully carry on their lives despite having herpes, then so can the patient. 20% of America may suffer from herpes, but not 20% of America leads miserable lives. Therefore, do not think that having herpes necessarily means that one needs to be alone and isolated.
Go to a trusted doctor for diagnosis. Remember that a lot of people who are suffering from herpes are unaware of their condition, leaving them surprised whenever symptoms have already appeared. In this case, being diagnosed early with the disease makes one more prepared in handling oneself physically, emotionally, and mentally. In addition, being diagnosed would erase doubts to whether one really has herpes or not, as well as being able to become more knowledgeable about the disease.
Be sure to talk to a medical professional and look into all available treatments. Remember that there are a variety of treatment techniques that can be done in able to cure this disease, and it is important for one to be able to be aware of these. This will help the affected patient see what is the most viable and convenient way of treatment that can be done. This will also help in conditioning the patient that this disease is treatable, so there is no need to worry about.
Refrain from looking for a person to blame for having herpes. Looking for blame does not help a patient to recover emotionally, and would only stall the healing process.