Welcome to the Herpes-Coldsores (HC) Support Network. We are humbled to be the oldest and largest online community for people affected by the herpes and cold sore virus.

If you’ve been feeling afraid, alone, isolated or confused prepare to feel a whole lot better. You are among friends here and our support crew intend to help everyone realize just how normal and common this skin condition is.

What we have found is that one of our most powerful weapons against herpes stigma is Truth and Perspective. Gather correct and accurate information so you can understand what this virus is all about – unlike a lot of diseases and ailments herpes really doesn’t cause any harm for most people. You can still have kids, maintain your health, live to a ripe long age and have great sex and meaningful relationships, if you want them, along the way.

You just need to become informed on the best way to live life with HSV, and where you can, adopt a different viewpoint on herpes to the one we’ve sometimes been accustomed to – herpes is NOT the end of your sex life and it does not change the awesome blueprint of your life. You are still exceptional and perfectly gorgeous like you have always been – herpes is just another layer to the depth of your interesting story. Truly. It doesn’t have to change much at all. With a few rare exceptions, perspective really is everything when it comes to the herpes virus.

Unsure if you have herpes?

Always see your doc first, even if it without a doubt looks like herpes in reality it might not be. So please, save yourself the heartache and stress and get tested.  You can buy online approved STD tests which are a legitimate and slightly more private option, or visit your local STD clinic or Doctor.

Don’t delay – if you have symptoms or signs of what you think could be herpes it is better to make an appointment while you still have what could potentially be an outbreak, this will make it easier for your physician to diagnose the condition.

Everything will be O.K.

If you haven’t got the message yet it is this – herpes, for most folks, is only as big a deal as you allow it to be. Often the demons in our head are far more destructive to our health and happiness than the actual blister that pops up from time to time.

Try talking to the folks at the Honeycomb Herpes Forum or browse our articles for useful tips and information.