Family Forum – Connecting with others with herpes

Question: Is there an organisation or club for people who have herpes?


The panel was unsure whether you were hoping for social connection to others who have experienced herpes outbreaks – and we assume genital, in this case – emotional support or even a dating service where this information features.

There is no such group, organisation or club that you can attend in Adelaide, but a brief search online reveals two dating websites that include Australia as an option for country/area. It is hard to tell how many matches you would receive if you signed up, but it may be worth a try if you are interested. Visit or is an affiliate of – meaning its landing pages provide a portal to the website, potentially increasing the number of matches.

Alternatively, contact SHine SA ( phone 1300 794 584 or email for medical or counselling advice and support.

Most sexually active Australians (80 per cent) carry some form of the herpes simplex virus. There are two main strains, HSV1 and HSV2.

HSV 1 usually causes sores around the lips or face, known as cold sores. HSV 2 usually causes blisters or sores around the genital area, including the bottom. It’s generally a more severe infection, with fever and flu-like symptoms. However, both types of virus can cause infection on the face or genital area. For more information:

The first outbreak is often most severe and may never recur again. And some people carry the virus but never become aware of this at all. Antiviral medications work well for some and for others a holistic approach to stress manages or even prevents outbreaks.

Stigma and embarrassment can be overcome with good information and/or a supportive partner, and by putting the problem it in its proper context: As a skin disorder that can appear in the genital area.

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