Living and dating with herpes
Herpes Support Groups and Herpes Social Groups exist in most major cities in the USA, Canada, worldwide and online, and we list most of them below.
Herpes support groups are sometimes called “HELP” support groups, and are occasionally affiliated with ASHA, the American Social Health Association.
Many local herpes groups function as both a Herpes Support Group and a Herpes Social Group.
There are also many “secret” (hidden) herpes support groups and herpes social groups on Facebook that have hundreds or thousands of members, but cannot be found by doing a search and require knowing the right person who can “add” you.
Many are location-based while others are based on topics, activities or special interests.
Please check the list below and join your local group first, or join National HELP through Jo Ann.
If you want to take extra precautions to keep your herpes status private online, we recommend the following:– Create a brand new email account and username on Gmail or Yahoo that does not use your real name or any other words that too closely identify who you are.
For instance, if your real name is “Kate Frisbatch” from Los Angeles, you might create a new email account such as “[email protected]* and your username might be “K818 Angel”.– Use this new email address and username *exclusively* for your herpes-related online activities.
Don’t forget to do the step below or else Jo Ann will not know why you sent her a friend request!View the list below, then follow the instructions to join your local herpes group.Most of us are concerned about privacy online and do not want our sensitive, personal information to be seen by the rest of the world.If you are waiting longer than a week, then please re-contact Jo Ann in case your previous message didn’t reach her.Other Secret Facebook Groups for Herpes and/or HPV – There are numerous *Secret* Facebook groups for people with Herpes and/or HPV.