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California Herpes Dating, HPV Dating – Local Social and Support Groups

California Herpes Dating and Support

Since 2007, HWerks has been the community site for herpes dating, HPV Dating and support.  It is the members who make this site what it is and they join for many reasons.  Some come for friendship and dating while others come for the support they cannot get anywhere else.  We have a vibrant community made up of people from all over with various backgrounds and their own stories.  We hope to hear yours. Join HWerks and start meeting people today!

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California Herpes Groups (Local)

Please Note: These herpes groups (HPV, too) are not run by HWerks. They are run by awesome volunteers! While some groups may focus on support, others may be purely for social and dating. Local groups are just another way to meet people in your area and are a great asset to the community! Not all group members are a member of HWerks and vice versa.  Each group is different so please visit their website for more details. Visit the Local Groups page to learn more about local groups.

California Quick Facts

Population: 39,536,653
Population Rank: 1st
State Capital: Sacramento
Largest Cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Ana, Anaheim
Border States: Arizona, NevadaOregon
State Size: 3rd
Fun Fact: The Golden Gate Bridge is so big that workers paint the bridge year round. By the time they are finished with one end it is time to begin repainting the other end.

Group Websites:

Bay Area Friends

http://www.bayareafriends.org/
https://www.meetup.com/BayAreaFriends1/ (Meetup Group)

From their Website:

Bay Area Friends (BAF) is a FREE social and support group for people  with genital herpes (HSV-1, HSV-2) who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. We  welcome anyone over 18 who is interested in making new friends, organizing fun activities, and meeting others who share our surprisingly common situation.

Founded in 1997, BAF has grown to nearly 2000 members and we are one of the largest  and most active “H” social groups in the world.   Bay Area Friends’ Meetup Group  is completely private. Nobody can see our group’s members or activities except other members.  Please join Bay Area Friends on Meetup!

BAF is not a herpes dating service and provides no personal ads.  Instead, we plan social  events and activities to allow you, the members, to meet each other in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere.  It’s mostly about making new  friends and having fun together.  We strive to make everyone feel welcome and accepted, just as they are.  All we ask is that you “pay it forward” and also be welcoming and accepting to everyone in the group.  Although most members are  single, couples are also welcome to attend our events.  In fact, some couples  have met through the group!

Fresno H Friends

www.meetup.com/Fresno-H-Friends/

From their Website:

Fresno “H” Friends is a PRIVATE social group for people with genital herpes (HSV-1, HSV-2) who live in Fresno and the surrounding areas. We welcome anyone over 18 who is interested in making new friends, sharing fun activities together, and meeting others who share our surprisingly common situation.

FACT: Nearly 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 6 men are diagnosed with genital herpes and many do not even know they have it. Fresno “H” Friends was formed for a variety of reasons. First and foremost to lend support to those who are struggling emotionally with being diagnosed with herpes. We’re here to let you know that life does not STOP when you contract herpes; you just need to make a few minor adjustments. And since Herpes does not discriminate, we hope to create a very diverse group of people with various cultural backgrounds of all ages. It doesn’t matter who you are, what your ethnic background is, how old you are, your sexual preference, your religion or your politics, or what you do for a living – Fresno “H” Friends is and will be a great big mix of wonderful individuals who make the most of it!

H Socials SoCal

www.meetup.com/H-Social/

From their Website:

WE ENJOY FUN & FRIENDLY H-SOCIALS ALL OVER SOUTHERN CA.

This is a social site for people with Herpes & HPV. This is not just a dating site. Some have met their loves at our events, and many have found great friendship with others who understand what it is like to have H.

If you have HPV (warts) only, you are welcome to join this group, we are primarily a Herpes social but many here have both viruses. HPV, the virus that causes a wart, is NOT always a lifetime virus so understand this if you become involved with someone with Herpes. Herpes is a lifetime virus. HPV has many different strains so being with someone that has HPV may make you prone to another form of the HPV virus. Know the facts and be safe. The CDC’s webpage has great information on it.

Herpes/HPV won’t stop us from living a full life. Being social is the first step to taking back your power, finding great love and friendships, and living happily.

LA HELP/ Orange County HELP

http://www.lahelp.org/
http://www.lahelp.org/index2.php (Herpes Support)
ww.meetup.com/LAHELP/ (Meetup Group)

From their Website:

Herpes does not discriminate. Living with herpes isn’t easy. Southern California HELP Group is here to provide you the tools and support necessary to overcome this situation. LAOC HELP is the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the Herpes Resource Center . We invite you to join us on the 4th Tuesday night of each month or the first Friday in OC to learn more about dealing with Herpes.

Orange County HELP (Herpes Support)

OUR MISSION

We are a social organization whose mission is to help those with Herpes help themselves develop the social skills needed to cope with Herpes. Our meetings may include speakers, small group discussions and films. We have a Medical Advisor who is a Medical Doctor but the majority of our members are volunteers who share similar problems of coping with Herpes.

San Diego City HELP

http://www.sandiegocityhelp.org/

From their Website:

San Diego City HELP is a confidential, non-profit self-help support group for people with herpes (HSV) or human papillomavirus (HPV) and their partners. We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month, at 7:30 pm, in the Administrative Conference Room of UCSD Medical Center at 200 W. Arbor Drive, San Diego 92103. We offer emotional support and reliable medical information. We welcome your participation, constructive criticism and ideas.

San Diego H Friends

www.meetup.com/san-diego-herpes/

From their Website:

Welcome!!! We are so happy that you found us and know that you are not alone. SD H Friends is a social group for adults in the San Diego area that are living with Herpes (HSV1 and HSV2) and/or HPV. We are not a dating service. We are a social group that gets together for events and has a blast in a welcoming and fun atmosphere. This is a safe place where you don’t have to worry about “that” for a while and can just meet cool people who can completely relate and understand that it does not define us.

Secret Herpes Facebook Groups:

Local Secret Herpes Facebook Groups (HPV, too) are popular among the herpes community.  Acting as its own container, only group members can see within the group.  At HWerks,  we have our own secret Facebook Group for our members. They have access to these groups and many others. Learn more about Secret Herpes Facebook Groups and how they work. 

*For privacy, Facebook Group names have been omitted.

Secret California Facebook Group #1

Information:
A regional group for the N. Sacramento Valley, Sacramento Metro, N. San Joaquin and S. San Joaquin, CA area.

Secret California Facebook Group #2

Information:
A regional group for Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and desert cities. Temecula to Palm Springs, CA.

Secret California Facebook Group #3

Information:
A regional group for Northern California.

Secret California Facebook Group #4

Information:
A regional group for San Francisco, CA and the Bay area.

Secret California Facebook Group #5

Information:
A regional group for the Sonoma, Marin and Napa, CA area.

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Legacy Groups:

While most groups have a secret Facebook Group, some still maintain an internet presence on older mediums, such as Yahoo Groups.  This is usually only for a point of contact.  Feel free to reach out to these groups but your mileage may vary.

Orange County Friends

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OrangeCountyFriends/info

From their Website:

Orange County Friends is a social group for people with herpes.

OrangeCountyFriends is not a dating service, but a social group that allows members to meet socially in comfortable and relaxed surroundings. We have alliances with similar groups throughout California and the US.

There are no fees or dues with our group – the only thing we ask of you is to have fun and enjoy our hospitality! Please feel free to host and post an event that you might be interested in, such as dinner, brunch, happy hour, wine tasting, camping, BBQs, movies, parties, dancing, bike riding, bowling, hiking, museum outings, concerts, etc…

So let’s make new friends and enjoy each other’s company. And keep in mind that relationships have evolved from these social groups…

Central Cali H Friends

http://centralcalihfriends.org/

From their Website:

Welcome to Central Cali H Friends (CCHF)! Originally designed to support the first Herpes Social Group in Fresno, California, this site has since expanded into a central location for herpes information covering all of Central California.

This is an informational site about various social groups for people with Herpes (HSV-1 and/or HSV-2), in the San Joaquin Valley. We have alliances with similar groups throughout California and the US. The group outreach and social event information provided covers namely the San Joaquin Valley: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties. We welcome everyone over 18 who is interested in making new friends, sharing fun activities, and meeting others who share our particular situation.

People Of Color California

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/pocsn_california/info

From their Website:

Welcome….To POC SN California

We’re glad you found us….

Please feel free to post an introduction telling us a little about yourself…post a picture, ask questions, or just jump into any discussion that may be going on…on the boards.

We want this group to be a place for advice…encouragement and inspiration….Or just come on in for a joke or two.

This community is for you….so we hope that you will join us here and help make this a fun and informative place to be.

Sacramento Friends

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sacfriends/info

From their Website:

Hello and welcome to our Sacramento Friends social group for people living with herpes. Our members live in and around the Sacramento area and stretch as far as the Bay Area. This group was formed for a variety of reasons. First and foremost this group is for socializing and meeting others in a non-threatening environment for friendship and fun. This is not a dating service but you may meet someone special at one of our events. Singles and couples are welcome to join. We also lend support to those who are struggling emotionally with this affliction. We’re here to let you know that life does not STOP when you contract herpes; you just need to make a few minor adjustments.

Update: This yahoo group hasn’t been actively planning events for some time. However, when you join, I will invite you to join a facebook and Meetup group that expands to most of northern California, as well as Tahoe/Reno. These groups are very active and most members of this group already belong.

San Diego Friends

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sdfriends2/info

From their Website:

San Diego Friends (SDFriends) is a social group for people with herpes who live in the San Diego area. We welcome everyone over 18 who is interested in making new friends, sharing interesting activities together, and meeting others who share our unique situation. SDFriends is not a dating service or personal introduction service. Instead, we plan social events and activities to allow you, the members, to meet one another in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere. It’s really mostly just about making new friends and having fun together. Our events take place at both private homes and public locations, so even new people will find a setting in which they feel comfortable.

San Francisco Bay Area Gay Men With Herpes

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sfgmh/info

From their Website:

This is a support, social, and educational group primarily for gay men in the San Francisco Bay Area with genital herpes, either I & II. We have members from all over the world.

Shame and confusion are the feelings most often expressed. What does this mean, is my love life over, do you tell, who does it spread, so many questions so few answers.

The way out of shame and isolation is to talk about this and to come to terms with it and what it means for you. This is a group for gay men to share and normalize their experiences and move into a healthy place emotional.

This is also for social activities to reduce the isolation and perhaps even make friends.

This group is for gay and bi 18 and above only. You must have your gender, age and preferably city in your profile, before you will be approved to be in the group.

This is to be a safe place for all, be respectful of each other.

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