Herpes. Everyone jokes about it, nobody wants it. I have it, and I want to eliminate the negative social Sigma attached to it. AMA
Also, a microbiologist shared information for two people he knows of doing research on this. Here is the message I got.
*Hi! Thank you for doing the AMA. I am a microbiologist, and I'm familiar with the work of two HSV researchers. It would be great if you could highlight their work in your OP as well:
Dr. William Halford has already developed a live- attenuated vaccine for HSV-2 - all he needs is money for safety trials! http://herpesvaccineresearch.com/
Dr. Todd Rider has a very promising technique for curing viral infections, and one of the only things holding him back is lack of funds: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dracos-may-be-effective-against-all-viruses#/ *
Brief intro - would rather answer questions and update than bog this intro down into a long read - I am a 26 y/o male, athletic build, great career, awesome friends, and I have genital herpes.
I was just like you. I was naive. I was ignorant. I thought STDs would never happen to me. I also though that people with STDs that never go away were outcasts.. or should be.
Obviously my perspective had to change. And I'm glad it did.
The purpose of this AMA is to give my personal account about what it's like living with genital herpes - all questions are fair game, and I will be 100% honest.
A couple educational reads for reference:
Without further ado... ask me anything.
EDIT: Hey guys, I'll be back in a few hours to answer more questions. Headed to the gym. Thanks for all of your support and questions. I really appreciate your curiosity.
EDIT 2: Hey all I'm back to answer more for the rest of the night. I want to thank everyone for your support! For every derogatory comment there are five comments supporting education of herpes. Keep firing away!
EDIT 3: It was brought to my attention that there is a donation link for helping Duke fund a cure for HSV-1. Here is what I was forwarded:
"Amazing! According to their FAQ you can donate directly here: Online: https://www.gifts.duke.edu Partway down the page, you are asked to make a designation for your gift. Choose Additional/Other designations and put on line 1: “Professor Bryan Cullen account 3990310” (All gifts designated for this account must be credited to this account.)"
Also, a lot of people are asking Why did you use a throwaway if you are trying to eliminate the stigma? This is a very valid point. My response is this:
I made a throwaway because I am entitled to my own privacy if I want it. This AMA was meant to educate and share my personal experiences with the virus, not a promotion to be the posterboy of a worldwide revolution.
EDIT 4: That's all folks! Gotta wrap up for the night. I want to thank everyone for your support! If you have any other questions, please feel free to PM me and I'll be happy to answer. I would suggest looking through all of the answers I gave as I did answer just about every question here. Reddit never ceases to amaze me. Good night all.