I contracted herpes from my girlfriend and have been dealing with it for the past year and a half. I have occasional breakouts on the mouth, with large sores that I cannot hide unless I’m wearing a large mask on my big face. I’m embarrassed and feel trapped in the relationship since I’m now living with a STD I cannot get rid of. Not to mention that we share mutual friends and she happens to be the sister of a friend. I feel betrayed and ashamed, down and out of luck. How do people cope after being diagnosed?