[Elephant Journal] Why Getting Herpes Was One of the Best Thing to Have Happened to Me.

A tragedy that once marked the death of my love life has instead blessed me with radical self-love, a new sense of freedom, and stronger relationships.

“You don’t have herpes, do you? You don’t look like a herpes girl,” he said, grinning.

Yikes. I couldn’t find the courage to tell him that he had insulted me to my face. I swallowed my pride and dropped it.

I don’t do that anymore. Now whenever someone asks for a sip of my drink, I tell them that I do have herpes but not worry about it.

Interestingly enough, my once shame-filled secret is now my go-to conversation starter.

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