Herpes Support Groups

List of Herpes Support Groups and Herpes Social Groups

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.  Herpes social  groups often use terms like “Friends” as in “Bay Area Friends” (SF Bay Area) or “H2O” as in “DC H2O” or “H Club” or “H Friends”.   A lot of regional herpes groups can be found on Meetup.com, Facebook (see below), Yahoo Groups, and other websites and social media platforms.  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.  If you cannot find your local herpes social group or herpes support group on the list below – never fear!  There may be a *secret* Facebook group in your area.  View the list below, then follow the instructions to join your local herpes group.

Herpes Privacy Tips

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 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 “k818angel@gmail.com* and your username might be “K818 Angel”.

– Use this new email address and username *exclusively* for your herpes-related online activities.  Do NOT share this email address with any of your non-herpes friends.  Do NOT use this email address to do anything else except to sign up for herpes groups, herpes dating services, and herpes social media sites (including Facebook).

– If you join any herpes groups on social media (such as Meetup, Facebook, Yahoo, or other community sites), do NOT accept friend requests from anyone you haven’t already met, except for group admins/moderators.  While most people who join herpes groups are nice, normal people, there are always a few folks out there who are trolling for dates/sex, or who send you a message recommending a herpes site, group, product or dating service for which they may receive a commission or have another motive for getting you to join.   If anyone like this contacts you, please report this immediately to your group admins or contact us at this site.  We will tell you whether or not the person or what they are recommending is legitimate.

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Worldwide List of Herpes Support Groups and Social Groups

National Herpes Hotline: (919) 361-8488 (Note: This is now a PAID service.)

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

National HELP

National HELP Secret Facebook Herpes Support Group

National HELP is a *secret* Facebook herpes support group for herpes-related topics only. This hidden, private, confidential group has thousands of members and is moderated by experienced Herpes Support Group Leaders from all over the USA. Because this Facebook group is *secret* – it is hidden and cannot be found by doing a search on Facebook.  Instead, you need to be *added* by a group admin.  All group activity for National HELP is completely private and will NEVER appear on your public Facebook profile and cannot be found or seen by anyone except other members.  Please carefully follow the below directions to be added to this group.

To join National HELP, the secret Facebook herpes support group, please follow these directions:

Log in to Facebook first! Unless you are logged in to Facebook first, the link below will not work.

AFTER you are already logged in to Facebook, find JoAnn Purkey of Kaiserslautern High School or go to https://www.facebook.com/joann.purkey  (she OK’d this link).  PLEASE NOTE:  Although this link to JoAnn’s profile may appear to be crossed-out, the link DOES WORK, but only when you are already LOGGED-IN to Facebook.

Send JoAnn a “friend request.”  But you’re not done yet!  Don’t forget to do the step below or else JoAnn will not know why you sent her a friend request!

– AT THE SAME TIME, also send JoAnn a *private message* (don’t post on her wall) saying something like “I found your name on DatingWithHerpes.org.  I have herpes and want to join National HELP on Facebook.”  If you cannot find your local herpes group on the list below, then also make sure to tell JoAnn your city/state and tell her that you would also like to also be connected to your local herpes group. JoAnn will add you to National HELP first.  After that, you can un-friend her if you want.

The process of getting added to National HELP may take a few days.  Please be patient. JoAnn and the rest of us are just UNPAID VOLUNTEERS who do this in our spare time.    If you are waiting longer than a week, then please re-contact JoAnn 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.   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 JoAnn.  Once you are a member of National HELP, you can post a message asking for someone to add you to your local/regional group or see if there is a group for your special interests – such as “Christians with Herpes” or “LGBTQ with Herpes” or “Asians with Herpes” etc.

NOTE: Please do not accept any *friend requests* from anyone you don’t know, except National HELP admins or your local group admins, within your first few weeks of joining.  If anyone else, including any other H group admins that JoAnn or other National HELP admins did not refer you to, contact you privately within your first few weeks of joining, and recommend other Facebook groups or websites for you to join, please say “Thanks, but I’m going to get used to National HELP and my local group first before joining any other groups.”  They may be very nice but very persistent and say “let me help you by adding  you now and you can always unjoin later if you want.”   Just say “no thank you for now” and take your time getting to know your way around National HELP and your local group first before joining any other groups.  You can always join other groups later.  There are good reasons for this advice. Please contact JoAnn or DatingWithHerpes.org if anyone is trying to get you to join other groups or websites within your first few weeks of joining National HELP or your local group.

United States Herpes Groups

Alabama Herpes Groups

There is *secret* Facebook group in this state.  Join National HELP (see top listing) and ask to be added to your local group.

Alaska Herpes Groups

Meet Alaskans with HSV2 Meetup Group

There is a secret Facebook group for Alaska.  Contact the group above or National HELP for more info.

Arizona Herpes Groups

AZ Heeps Meetup Group – new as of November 2014

Prescott Herpes Support Group – email hsgprescott (at) gmail dot com

There is a *secret* Facebook group in this state.  Join one of the local groups below or National HELP (see top listing) and ask to be added to your local Facebook group.

Arkansas Herpes Groups

There is a *secret* Facebook group in this state.  Join National HELP  (see top listing) and ask to be added to your local group.

California Herpes Groups

Bay Area Friends (BAF) Meetup Group – San Francisco Bay Area – nearly 2000 members of all backgrounds and preferences (number includes members of BAF’s original Yahoo Group, which is being phased out).  Bay Area Friends has been around since 1998.

Bay Area Friends (BAF) Public Website – San Francisco Bay Area – Information site only.

San Diego H Friends on Meetup – San Diego group, over 500 members

San Diego Friends Yahoo Group  – San Diego – is being replaced by the Meetup Group

San Diego HELP Support Group – San Diego

LA HELP public website – Los Angeles – is now combined with OC HELP.

LA HELP Support Group on Meetup – is now combined with OC HELP on Meetup

Orange County HELP Support Group – Orange County – is now part of LA HELP.

Southern California Friends Yahoo Group  – All Southern California

Socials All Over Southern CA Meetup Group – All Southern California

Happy Social  and Vibrant Socials in SoCal Meetup Group

Central Cali H Friends – Stockton-Fresno-Bakersfield – members often carpool to H events in the SF Bay Area or Los Angeles, etc.

Fresno H Friends on Meetup – Fresno and Central Valley, CA

If you are GAY or LGBTQ with Herpes, your local herpes social and support group is a great way to meet other LGBTQ members who live close to you.  There are also *secret* LGBTQ Facebook groups people with herpes!  Please join  National HELP  for more info.

NorCalFriends secret Facebook Group – Lots of Sacramento members but open to anyone in Northern California. Please join one of the Bay Area groups or  National HELP for more information

San Francisco Friends secret Facebook Group.  Not as active as the Bay Area Friends Meetup Group, but there for those who use Facebook.  Please join Bay Area Friends or National HELP  for more information.

There are also a few other *secret* Facebook groups in California.  Please join one of the Bay Area or So Cal groups for more information first.  Please join the National HELP secret FB support group for more info.

Colorado Herpes Groups

Colorado H Friends

There is a *secret* Facebook group in this state.  Join Colorado H Friends or National HELP  and ask to be added to your local FB group.

Connecticut Herpes Groups

There is a *secret* Facebook group in this state.  Join National HELP  (see top listing) and ask to be added to your local group.

Manchester HELP – (860) 666-0075 (Susan) or 860-810-6617 (Jenny) or Email: hsv2secret (at) sbcglobal.net

Delaware Herpes Groups

There is a *secret* Facebook group in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Join National HELP (see top listing) and ask to be added to your local group.

Florida Herpes Groups

Northern Florida H Friends Yahoo Group – not very active

Central Florida H2O Group –  Social and Support Group for Orlando, Tampa, Daytona and surrounding areas

Sarasota-Bradenton H Club 

Florida has a secret Facebook group – join any other Florida group or National HELP for more information.

Georgia Herpes Groups

Atlanta H Club Yahoo Group – Not sure what is happening with this group.  We think it has mostly moved to Facebook as a *secret* Facebook group.  See below.

There is a *secret* Facebook group in this state.  Please join Atlanta H Club or National HELP for more info.

Hawaii Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook group for Hawaii. Please contact National HELP for more info.

Idaho Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook Group for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Please join National HELP for more info.

Illinois Herpes Groups

CHicago  Friends – “H” Social Group on Meetup

Central Illinois Prairie Friends Yahoo Group

Secret Facebook Groups exist for Chicago and Illinois.  Join any of the other local groups or National HELP for more info.

Indiana Herpes Groups

Indianapolis HELP Support Group

People of Color (POC) Ohio/Indy – An African-American oriented group

Indiana Secret Facebook Groups – for local residents only – join any Indiana group or National HELP for more info.

Iowa Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook group for people with herpes who live in Iowa.  Contact National HELP for more info.

Kentucky Herpes Groups 

Louisville H Friends Yahoo Group

There are secret Facebook groups for Louisville and Lexington.  Join Louisville H Friends on Yahoo or contact National HELP for more info.

Louisiana Herpes Groups

Louisiana H Friends – Yahoo Group – HSV and HPV Support for New Orleans and Louisiana.

New Orleans H Meetup

There is also a secret Facebook group for Louisiana.  Join Louisiana H Friends or National HELP for more info.

Maine Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook group for Maine and New England.  Please join National HELP for more info.

Maryland Herpes Groups

DC-H2O Social Group – for Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas.

HELP of Washington (DC) Support Group – Also called Metro DC Help

There are secret Facebook groups for Maryland and Washington, DC.  Please join DC-H2O or National HELP for more info.

Massachusetts Herpes Groups

Boston Herpes Social and Support Group – Includes links to Beantown Friends and Boston HELP (support group)

There are secret Facebook groups for Massachusetts.  Please contact Boston Herpes above or National HELP for more info.

Michigan Herpes Groups

Detroit – Metro Detroit HELP Support Group

Motor City Friends Secret Facebook Group – for local residents only – join National HELP for more info.

People of Color – Michigan – African-American oriented social group

Rochester HELP

Washtenaw County HELP (@ Ann Arbor)

There may be other secret Facebook groups for Michigan. Join National HELP for more info.

Minnesota Herpes Groups

Twin Cities H Social Meetup Group

Twin Cities Lesbians with Herpes Yahoo Group

Family Planning and STD Hotline: http://sexualhealthmn.org/

There may be a secret Facebook group for Minnesota. Contact National HELP for more info.

Mississippi Herpes Groups

There is secret Facebook group for Mississippi and Southern States.  Contact National HELP for more info.

Missouri Herpes Groups

People of Color (POC) Social Networking Missouri –  Yahoo Group says that the group is not longer on Yahoo. “However, there is an active POC group on Facebook that you are welcome to join, where you may mingle and meet others for support.  Send an email to POSCN@yahoo.com and you will receive and invite to join this private FB Group.”

There are secret Facebook groups for St. Louis and Missouri.  Contact National HELP for more info.

Montana Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook Group for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Please join National HELP for more info.

Nebraska Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook group for Nebraska. Contact National HELP for more info or email Midwestnexus@yahoo.com.

Nevada Herpes Groups

Las Vegas Area Friends  on Meetup

Northern Nevada Friends Yahoo Group

There is a secret Facebook group for Nevada. Contact National HELP for more info.

New Hampshire Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook group for people who live in the New England area.  Contact National HELP for more info.

New Jersey Herpes Groups

New Jersey Friends on Yahoo Groups

There are secret Facebook groups for NJ and Philly.  Please contact National HELP for more info.

New Mexico Herpes Groups

Albuquerque Friends HSV Meetup

There may be a secret Facebook Group for New Mexico. Join National HELP for more info.

New York Herpes Groups

Herpes New York Yahoo Group

Herpes New York Secret Facebook Group – email herpny (at) yahoo dotcom

Herpes Information New York – Yahoo Group

Herpes Dating New York City Meetup Group

People of Color New York – African-American oriented social group

Buffalo and Western New York H Friends Yahoo Group – uses 437737 in name.

Upstate NY Friends Yahoo Group

Hudson Valley Friends Yahoo Group

There are secret Facebook groups in New York state.  Contact any local group or National HELP for more info.

North Carolina Herpes Groups

CharlotteH.com

Raleigh Triangle H Club Herpes Meetup Group

People of Color – North Carolina Yahoo Group – African-American oriented social group.

Carolina H Club Yahoo Group

Upstate SC and Western NC H Group on Yahoo

There are secret Facebook groups for North Carolina.  Please join any local group here or contact National HELP for more info.

North Dakota Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook Group for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Please join National HELP for more info.

Ohio Herpes Groups

Cleveland – See Ohio Friends

Living With HSV in the 419 – Toledo

Ohio Friends – For Cleveland, Columbus, and all of Ohio

Club 437737 Meetup Group – Columbus

People of Color (POC) Ohio/Indy – An African-American oriented social group

There are secret Facebook groups for Ohio.  Join any local group here or contact National HELP for more info.

Oklahoma Herpes Groups

Oklahoma H Club Yahoo Group

Oklahoma Secret Facebook Group – for local residents only – join Oklahoma H Club or contact National HELP for more info.

Oregon Herpes Groups

ClubPDX.com – If you live in Portland, OR, this is the best group to join.

Portland Area Friends on Yahoo

There is a *secret* Facebook Group for Portland, OR and surrounding areas.  Join Portland Area Friends or contact National HELP for more info.

Westover Heights Clinic – a medical clinic @ Portland specializing in STDs and herpes, owned by Teri Warren, RN, a herpes expert

Pennsylvania Herpes Groups

Philadelphia Friends Yahoo Group

Northeastern Pennsylvania Friends (NEPA Friends)

There are secret Facebook groups for Pennsylvania.  Please join  National HELP for more info.

Rhode Island Herpes Groups

Boston Herpes Social and Support Group – Includes links to Beantown Friends and Boston HELP (support group)

There is also a secret Facebook group for New Englanders.  Contact the link above or National HELP for more info.

South Carolina Herpes Groups

Carolina H Net Yahoo Group

Upstate SC and Western NC H Group on Yahoo

There is a secret Facebook group for this area.  Contact National HELP for more info.

South Dakota Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook Group for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Please join National HELP for more info.

Tennessee Herpes Groups

Memphis H Friends Yahoo Group

There are secret Facebook groups for Tennessee.  Contact National HELP for more info.

Texas Herpes Groups

Friends Over Texas Annual Event in May

Austin H Friends on Meetup

Austin HELP Support Group

DFW Friends

Southern New Mexico and El Paso H Community on Meetup – includes El Paso

Houston H Friends general information site

Houston H Friends on Meetup

San Antonio Friends Yahoo Group – also provides info on San Antonio HELP group

Clear Lake and Galveston County H Friends Meetup Group

Clear Lake Texas Friends Yahoo Group

Texas Secret Facebook Groups – for local residents only – join any local Texas group or National HELP for more info.

Utah Herpes Groups

There is likely to be a secret Facebook group for Utah and Salt Lake City.  Contact National HELP for info.

Vermont Herpes Groups

Vermont H Friends Yahoo Group

There is a secret Facebook group for Vermont.  Join the local group above or contact National HELP for more info.

Virginia Herpes Groups

Virginia H Friends Yahoo Group

People of Color (POC) HAMPTON ROADS/RICHMOND Yahoo Group – African-American oriented social group

DC-H2O Social Group – Washington DC and surrounding areas, including VA

There is a secret Facebook group for Virginia.  Contact National HELP  for more info.

Washington State Herpes Groups

Seattle H Scene Meetup Group

There are other *secret* Facebook groups for Washington state.  Join Seattle H Scene on Meetup or National HELP for more info.

Washington D.C. Herpes Groups

DC-H2O Social Group – for Washington, DC and surrounding areas

H2gether.com – Gay Men’s Support/Social Group for Gay Men with Herpes in the Washington DC Metro Area, including Virginia and Maryland.

There may be a secret Facebook group for people living in the DC area.  Please join  National HELP for more info.

West Virginia Herpes Groups

West Virginia residents can join a secret FB group for the Mid-Atlantic region.  Please join National HELP for more info.

Wisconsin Herpes Groups

S-W-A-G Herpes Yahoo Group for Madison and Milwaukee, WI

There is a secret Facebook Group for Wisconsin.  Join the local group or join National HELP for more info.

Wyoming Herpes Groups

There is a secret Facebook Group for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Please join National HELP for more info.

International Herpes Groups

AUSTRALIA Herpes Groups

Living Sphere – NOTE: something appears to be wrong with their site, please let us know if you find a good website for them.

There are secret Facebook groups for Australia and New Zealand. Contact your local group or National HELP for more info.

CANADA Herpes Groups

H Support and Social Group Ottawa

Toronto Herpes – Toronto HELP support group for people with genital herpes

Toronto / GTA Social and Support with H Meetup

Halton Dating & Socializing with H Meetup  (Hamilton, Milton and West Toronto)

Vancouver H Friends on Meetup

Vancouver HELP Support Group – active

There are many secret Facebook groups for Canada including other cities.  Contact any local Canadian group or National HELP for more info.

UNITED KINGDOM Herpes Groups

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.

National HELP

OTHER COUNTRIES

There are secret Facebook groups for other countries.  Contact  National HELP for more info.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

If you are GAY or LGBTQ with Herpes, there are also *secret* Facebook groups for you!  Please join National HELP for more info.

People of Color Social Network (POCSN) – A group with an African-American focus, although everyone is welcome.

Other Secret Facebook Groups for Special Interests

There are dozens of other secret Facebook groups for people with herpes who have special interests – such as religious or ethnic affiliations, herpes research, age groups, sexual preferences, dating, and more.

First join National HELP and once you are a member, you can post a message asking whether or not there is a group for your special interest.  If not, you can always create your own!

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How To Get Your Herpes Support Group  or Herpes Social Groups Listed on DatingWithHerpes.org: 

If your herpes support group or herpes social group is not yet listed here, or if your information or link has changed, please contact us at DatingWithHerpes.org and give us your group’s info and we will add, remove or correct it next time the site is updated.  We also greatly appreciate reciprocal links back to  DatingWithHerpes.org on your own group’s website.  Reciprocal links are highly encouraged, but NOT required to be listed here, but PLEASE do support us if you can by linking to DatingWithHerpes.org and/or recommending this site to others.  Let’s keep the H community  strong and well-networked by linking our herpes groups to each other and helping new people find us!

If you know of a group that is not listed above and should be, please use our Contact Form.