“The first day I got diagnosed I ended up joining Safe Place feeling lost and helpless. Alicia was very helpful and supportive. I am glad that you created Safe Place. I feel like I’m not alone anymore. <3”
“Before I contracted herpes, I was a husband, a father, and a social bug, but that all changed one day when my wife decided to stray. I went through all the stages quickly and learned how to adapt, but the stigma from society still gets to the strongest of us. It’s been 11 years now since I’ve contracted herpes. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and even as strong as I am, I’m still a shell of the man I once was. This is when I met Alicia. She pulled me in with her amazingly warm heart and desire to help all of us. I joined Safe Place to be a part of her community, to contribute to others who still struggle like I did years ago, and to strengthen our community in this world because we are all fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, doctors, police officers, teachers, blue collar, white collar people struggling to find our place in this world. As I walk down the street, you see me and I see you but you have no idea we are just the alike with this disease. Alicia has brought us Safe Place so we can unify as one, bring awareness and help those in need. From the bottom of my heart I thank you Alicia.”
“When i was first diagnosed with H, I found myself reeling from the shock of it and the uncertainty of what life would be like now. The stigma that is carried with H is undeniable though unjustified. I didn’t know where to turn and had never been in a chat group before. When I joined Safe Place, I had no idea what to expect. I was surprised to find a group of people that were open and willing to listen to my fears and concerns. They were non judgmental and helped me understand that my feelings were normal. As I continued participating in the group chat, I came to realize that I was still myself. I could be me and this group of people accepted me where I was in my life. This group helped me through one of the most difficult times in my lift. As a continuing member, I hope that I can repay the kindness that I have received.
One of the greatest assets the Safe Place groups have is Alicia. She is welcoming and supportive of everyone that joins the group looking for help and understanding. Alicia has fostered an environment of acceptance and support that other groups lack. Having H, we as a community are open to disapproval and ridicule by those that do not understand. Alicia acts as a very effective moderator by shielding the group from those that wish us harm. I am privileged to be a part of the group and call Alicia a friend.”
“The fear of STDs can be terrifying. Before I came here, I was freaking out and couldn’t leave the house. Alicia was patient and understanding and helped me understand my condition better.”
“I’d like to say that Safe Place has been wonderful. The people in here are great. I didn’t know anyone and had no friends when I joined. I was lonely and depressed in the worst way. It took some time chatting but know I have gained a lot of friends. I now feel welcomed and not lonely. I still suffer from depression but these awesome people helped my through many issues. I love them all. I’m so thankful Alicia has made this group and made me feel better about myself.”
“I was diagnosed with having Herpes type 1 genitally in the beginning of October, and I was devastated. However, I was unaware of the helpful and supportive community of others with the same or similar diagnosis. Once I heard my diagnosis, I went into a very deep depression, but then I met Ms. Alicia through Safe Place. She has always been there for me to answer any question I had about herpes and be my person when I needed someone to vent to when I was really down in depression. Till this day, I still mentally struggle with the fact of having the infection, and it definitely docks my self confidence down a lot. However, having a conversation with Ms. Alicia really helps me mentally and brings my self confidence back up.”