Use our free standard membership to get the support you need.

H-YPE is an acronym for “Herpes Your Positive Experience”. It’s a network of support designed to help you regain a sense of normality in your life.

H-YPE is also a valuable resource for information. Chances are that whatever you are going through or are about to go through that one of the many members of H-YPE have already experienced it.

Its not just about dates, but mates too.

H-YPE’s latest promotional video

Having herpes doesn’t mean your social life is over. H-YPE is there to provide you with support and to give your social life a boost.

Its not just about dating but friendship too.

H-YPE is also a valuable resource for support and information. Chances are that whatever you are going through or are about to go through that one of the many members of H-YPE have already experienced it.

It’s not HIV, just HSV. There IS a difference.

It's not HIV, just HSV.

It’s not HIV, just HSV.

It seems as though the HIV Justice Network are trying to re-brand themselves. It’s either that or they can’t spell.

What on earth are they doing publicizing the misguided case of David Golding from Northampton being sent to prison for passing on herpes to his girlfriend Cara Scott? You cannot compare the severity of HIV to HSV. The middle letters of each acronym, when combined, tell us there IS a difference.

Here are some medical facts taken from a statement made by the HVA (Herpes Viruses Association).

  • 7 out of 10 adults have been infected with one or both herpes simplex viruses
  • About 80% of those infected do not know that they have be Read more

Experimental Drug for Genital Herpes Shows Promise

It has substantially curbed "viral shedding" in people with genital herpes

It has substantially curbed “viral shedding” in people with genital herpes.

An experimental drug for genital herpes could eventually offer a new treatment option.

In a small study, researchers found that this new drug for genital herpes, called “Pritelivir“, substantially curbed “viral shedding”. That means it decreased the amount of time the virus was active and potentially transmissible to patients’ sexual partners.

The findings, reported in the January 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, are based on 156 patients followed for four weeks. Experts cautioned that the study is preliminary and offers a “proof of concept.”

Still, they said, the results are important because Read more

Good and Bad foods for Herpes

You may have heard that certain foods can affect how our bodies deal with the Herpes virus. What are the good and bad foods for Herpes we hear you ask? What makes one food good and the next food bad? You may have thought it was all a myth and had no rhyme nor reason.

It all boils down to two things: Lysine and Arginine.

For some people, eating foods naturally high in Lysine can be a positive tool in helping minimize Herpes outbreaks.

Dietary sources high in Lysine are:

foods high in Lysine

Foods high in Lysine

  • meat such as fish, chicken and beef
  • dairy products such as milk, yoghurt and cheese
  • brewer’s yeast
  • eggs
  • potatoes
  • soybeans

On the other hand, some people find eating foods that are naturally high in Arginine can weaken Read more

Pictures of Herpes


Not to worry! Pictures of Herpes you come across while searching the web are most likely to be worst case scenarios.

Not to worry! Pictures of Herpes you come across while searching the web are most likely to be worst case scenarios.

Pictures of Herpes are some of the first things people tend to search for when they are newly diagnosed or worry they may be infected. Then the panic sets in. What shows up on the web can be horrifying and fill you with dread! Some of them look like an alien flesh-eating virus. Well we are her to tell you to “Stay Calm” because many of the pictures you will come across are probably the very extreme cases of a herpes outbreak.

Important Note – You cannot determine whether or not you have Read more

Herpes Events – Party Till You Pop

When we say “Party Till You Pop“, we don’t mean that literally.

That would be disgusting, but hopefully it got your attention and now you too can join in on our herpes events and gatherings.

H-YPE herpes events

H-YPE is proud to be the only UK herpes social site that brings you herpes events and gatherings throughout the United Kingdom. We started arranging events for herpsters back in 2004; two years before H-YPE was launched. Now we like to refer to them as H-YPE events for H-YPEsters. You could go as far as saying that H-YPE was born out of those original beginnings as we watched how these gatherings changed people’s lives for the better, helping bring back a sense of normality.

These fantastic herpes events and parties helped many people with herpes realise: Read more

“Like it” or not, H-YPE has a Facebook page

H-YPE has a Facebook page

We ask you to Like us.

H-YPE now has a Facebook page. It has come about due to the suggestion of one of H-YPE’s very proactive members who asked why we didn’t have one. We thought “Who would want to be associated with a herpes community page on Facebook?”

Luckily, the name H-YPE doesn’t scream out “HERPEEEEEEEEEEEES” like other site names do (one of the main reasons we chose it) which means that if someone was to look at your “Like” list, they would actually have to click on the link to find out it has anything to do with herpes.

So here is your chance to officially “Like” Read more

Boldly Going Where No Other Site Has Gone Before

We first announced this offer back in 2009 and since then other sites have followed our lead in this and in many other ways, such as putting community before dating. Obviously we must be doing something right as they continue to try and emulate H-YPE.

Just to reiterate, if you are on Disability Living Allowance, on Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support and are finding it difficult to pay for FULL ACCESS membership, then H-YPE would like to help.

Free H-YPE membership for those on benefitsWe will offer you free full access membership on a month to month basis. All we ask is that you email us a Read more

An Overview of Herpes 1 & 2

Herpes Simplex Virus - www.h-ype.comHerpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) are two species of the herpes virus family, Herpesviridae, which cause infections in humans. Eight members of herpes virus infect humans to cause a variety of illnesses including cold sores, chickenpox or varicella, shingles or herpes zoster (VZV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and various cancers, and can cause brain inflammation (encephalitis). All viruses in the herpes family produce life-long infections.

They are also called Human Herpes Virus 1 and 2 (HHV-1 and HHV-2) and are neurotropic and neuroinvasive viruses; they enter and hide in the human nervous system, accounting for their durability in the human body. HSV-1 is commonly associated with herpes outbreaks of the face known as cold sores or fever blisters, whereas HSV-2 is more often associated with genital herpes.

An infection by a herpes simplex virus is marked by watery blisters in the skin or mucous membranes of the mouth, lips or genitals. Lesions heal with a scab characteristic of herpetic disease. However, the infection is persistent and symptoms may recur periodically as outbreaks of sores near the site of original infection. After the initial, or primary, infection, HSV becomes latent in the cell bodies of nerves in the area. Some infected people experience sporadic episodes of viral reactivation, followed by Read more