Bay Area Friends

The San Francisco Bay Area's Social Group for People with Genital Herpes

Herpes Support Groups

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Herpes Support Groups and Herpes Social Groups exist in every major city in the US and Canada and also online.

To find the Herpes Group in your city, state or country or online, go to – Herpes Support Groups and Herpes Social Groups



In addition to social events all over the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Friends offers a local in-person Herpes Support Group every other month at a private residence in Oakland. There is also a monthly phone / online Herpes Support Group called HSupport and you can participate from home or wherever you are.  To learn about the dates and locations or call-in information for these herpes support group meetings, you must join the Bay Area Friends Meetup Group.    Our Meetup Group is completely PRIVATE.  The only thing that is visible to the public is our group description, which helps people find us.

Monthly HSupport Group Conference Call

Many Bay Area Friends members participate in the Monthly HSupport Conference Call and online support group, which usually happens on the first Sunday of every month from 4-6 PM PST.  Details are usually posted on the BAF Meetup Group  during the week before each meeting.  Each month there is a new herpes-related topic, and Herpes Support Group leaders from all over the USA are guest panelists.   This is a another great place to ask questions about herpes.

Herpes Support Group Meetings in Other Locations

Peer-led herpes support group meetings have occasionally been held in private homes, restaurants, parks, libraries, hospital meeting rooms and in other places where participants feel like they have sufficient privacy. With your help, these meetings can be organized wherever and whenever there is enough interest. Please join the  BAF Meetup Group  to express your interest in attending or helping to organize a Herpes Support Group Meeting.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend the herpes support group meetings in Oakland, then please be prepared to help find a location, date and time for another  meeting that works for both you and others.

National HELP – a free, but *secret* Facebook Support Group for Herpes & HPV

NOTE: You cannot find National HELP by doing a search on Facebook!  It is hidden and secret.  You can only join by following the instructions below.

National HELP is a *secret* Facebook Support Group – for herpes and HPV related topics only. 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.  In National HELP, you can ask your questions about herpes and HPV, and a group of experienced H Support Group leaders from all over the USA will try to answer or tell you where to find more information.

To join the National HELP support group on Facebook, log in to Facebook first, and then find JoAnn Purkey of Kaiserslautern, Germany and Michigan (she OK’d this link).  Then send JoAnn a “friend request” and make sure to also send her a private message saying something like “I found your name on the Bay Area Friends website. I have herpes (or HPV) and want to join the secret National HELP support group on Facebook.  Can you please add me?” She’ll make you a member.  After that, you can un-friend her if you want.   PLEASE NOTE:  It may take a few days and up to a week for JoAnn to add you to the National HELP secret Facebook Group.  Please be patient.  Remember that JoAnn and all of the other herpes support group leaders are just UNPAID VOLUNTEERS who have other jobs and personal commitments.

Phone Consultations (Costs $)  with Herpes Experts at the Westover Heights Clinic/Terri Warren

If you are willing to pay for expert answers from medical professionals about your particular herpes or STD questions, and have a credit card and are willing to pay $5 a minute (minimum charge is $50 for a 10-minute call), then contact the Westover Heights Clinic to set up a phone appointment.  The owner, Terri Warren RN, is one of the leading herpes experts in the USA.  Click here for the Westover Heights Clinic page on Herpes Phone Consult Appointments.

National Herpes Hotline: (919) 361-8488

The National Herpes Hotline (NHH) is operated by ASHA as part of the Herpes Resource Center (HRC). The hotline, which receives over 60,000 calls a year, provides accurate information and appropriate referrals to anyone concerned about herpes. Trained Health Communication Specialists are available to address questions related to transmission, prevention and treatment of herpes simplex virus (HSV). The NHH also provides support for emotional issues surrounding herpes such as self-esteem and partner communication. The hotline is open from 9am to 6pm, ET, Monday through Friday.

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If you do not live in the SF Bay Area, and are looking to find the Herpes Group in your city, state or country or online, go to – Herpes Support Groups and Herpes Social Groups

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