Name: Jillian 
Age: 20 
Sex: female 
Occupation: student 
Type: genital 
Year infected: 1999 
OBs per year: 13 my first year, now between 3-5 Prodromes: itching followed by intense burning 

Method of Control: Valtrex-1st year, 500 mg 2x a day for 7 days whenever symptoms appeared...then 1 g 2x a day for 7 days and 500 mg for a month. Now, 1 g 2x a day for 7 days whenever symptoms present 

My Story: I got it from my boyfriend. He never had an OB so he didn't know he had it. I ignored my first outbreak until it got so painful that I was unable to walk, sit , lay down, etc. I was put on codeine for a week, along with Valtrex. I was devastated and ashamed. I guess I still try to ignore it... 

Telling: I told my mom first (out of sheer desperation) and she told my dad...and I told two other friends. After I went to the Dr, I told my boyfriend. I didn't really want to talk about it for awhile. Then one day a coworker saw a commercial for Valtrex when we were at work and he tried to make a joke about it. He said something about how I better watch out or I'll have to be on it...and I just looked him in the eye and said, too bad I am already on it! I thought he would judge me, but he was immediately full of remorse and compassion for me. It was such a rewarding experience, it has helped me to be more open about it.