Thoughts On Testing Positive For An Excruciating Case Of Herpes

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The word herpes sounds funny. Say the phrase “genital herpes” to yourself three times and tell me it doesn’t make you want to laugh. Herpes herpes herpes. It almost doesn’t even sound like a medical condition – medical conditions aren’t supposed to sound funny. The word cancer doesn’t make you want to laugh. I suppose it helps that herpes doesn’t kill anyone.

When the doctor came back into the room and told me she was testing me for herpes, that was my train of thought. She handed me a pamphlet and asked if I had any questions. I said no, thanked her, climbed down from the crinkly paper seat and calmly left. I was in shock, and all I could think about was how funny the word herpes sounded. That and the severe shots…

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