Herpes Support Groups and Herpes Social Groups
Many cities, states and countries all over the world have herpes SOCIAL groups and herpes SUPPORT groups for people with genital herpes. Herpes support groups are sometimes named “HELP” support groups, and are occasionally affiliated with ASHA, the American Social Health Association. Herpes social groups often use the terms “friends” as in “Bay Area Friends” or “H2O” as in “DC H2O” or “H Club” as in “Atlanta H Club.” Many cities have just one herpes group that functions as both a herpes support group and herpes social group. “Moderated” herpes groups are the norm and are usually pretty good about protecting members’ privacy and keeping out spammers. “Unmoderated”:groups almost always have lots of spam and other problems - but may still provide help to some. There are also many “secret” Facebook groups that have hundreds or even thousands of members – but you usually need to join your local herpes group and meet people in person to get more info.
Note: Many thanks to Barbie from Austin and several others for helping put this list together and verifying links. If your herpes social or support group is not yet listed here, please email us and give us your group’s info and we will add it next time the site is updated. We also greatly appreciate reciprocal links back to DatingWithHerpes.org on your own group’s website, but such links are NOT a requirement to be listed here. Please support us if you can by linking to DatingWithHerpes.org and/or recommending us to others. Let’s keep the H community strong and well-networked
National Herpes Hotline: 919-361-8488 or 800-227-8922
*Secret* Facebook National HELP Support Group – for herpes-related topics only. This group has thousands of members and is moderated by experienced H Support Leaders from all over the USA. Because this group is *secret* – all group activity is private and will NEVER appear on your public Facebook profile and cannot be found or seen by anyone except other members. To join the secret Facebook National HELP support group, log in to Facebook first, and then find JoAnn Purkey of Kaiserslautern, Germany or https://www.facebook.com/joann.purkey (she OK’d this link). If you are not already logged in to Facebook, this link will NOT work. So log in first, then click on the link. Then send her a “friend request” and make sure to also send her a *private message* (don’t post on her wall) saying that you “have herpes and want to join the secret NATIONAL HELP group on Facebook.” She’ll make you a member. After that, you can un-friend her if you want.
Picking Up The Pieces Yahoo Group – A Moderated Yahoo Group for Herpes, HPV and STD Support
Other Secret Facebook Groups for Herpes and/or HPV - There are numerous local and national *Secret* Facebook groups for people with Herpes and/or HPV. One of the largest is called “SWIRLS” – but there are many others. For the privacy of their members, these groups are hidden, private and require knowing someone who is already a member in the group who can vouch for your “H status” and invite you to join. It’s best to first join your local/regional herpes/hpv social group and make a few new friends in person, and see who might be in a Facebook group. Please note that when you belong to a *Secret Facebook Group* - that none of your other non-H friends can see that you belong, and none of the posts or updates from *secret* groups will ever appear on your Facebook profile. Always exercise caution when posting private information about yourself and other people on the internet.
Little Rock H Friends
Bay Area Friends (BAF) Meetup Group - San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Friends (BAF) Yahoo Group - San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Friends (BAF) Public Website - San Francisco Bay Area
SF Bay Area Gay Men with Herpes Yahoo Group - San Francisco Bay Area
Bay Area Lesbians with Herpes - San Francisco Bay Area
San Diego Friends Yahoo Group - San Diego
San Diego HELP Support Group - San Diego
San Diego Meetup Group – 30 & Under - San Diego
LA HELP Support Group - Los Angeles
Orange County HELP Support Group - Orange County
Southern California Friends Yahoo Group - All Southern California
Socials All Over Southern CA Meetup Group - All Southern California
Central Cali H Friends – Stockton-Fresno-Bakersfield
Sac Friends Yahoo Group - Sacramento
Southern California Secret Facebook Group – for SoCal residents only. Please join any local SoCal Group for more info
NorCalFriends Secret Facebook Group – especially for people who live North of the San Francisco Bay Area (i.e. Redding, Chico, Mendocino, Eureka. Susanville, etc), but others can also join – contact facebook.com/MissRubyDahl
Friends on the Beach – St. Petersburg, FL National Event – usually in November or winter months
Polk County Health Department offers a free Herpes support group that meets once a month. Every 4th Tuesday of the month 6-7pm at 1907 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50314, For information call 515-286-3741
Friends on da Bayou – HSV and HPV Support for New Orleans and Louisiana
H-YPE – HSV/HPV Dating and Community site. The dating side of H-YPE is not free – but the access to support is free as “standard/free” members can post their questions in the forum and get the answers from many the H-YPE advisors and current members.
If you know of a group that is not listed above and should be, please email us the information at: