If you look at all the modern movements in history, from the women’s rights movement to civil rights, their foundational truths is that all people deserve to be treated with respect. Now in a way, the herpes movement is more an internal struggle, a needless personal civil war, if you will, to recognize that we are oppressing ourselves and that we deserve better self treatment.

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Imagine in the not-so-distant future just bringing up the fact that you’re having a herpes occurrence just as swiftly as someone admits to having diabetes, allergies, or any other common malady. The point is, herpes is not a special case scenario that needs to be hidden. It’s just something that we deal with in our lives; it’s something that, depending on how we respond to it, can either make us a weaker or stronger person.

After all, the world is naturally moving to more and more radical transparency in business and our personal lives. It’s partly thanks to the accessibility of the internet giving us access to tons of different viewpoints and ways of living, but also the natural human desire to open up and be real … and ultimately connect with others without barriers hidden behind the scenes.