Ohio Friends is a social, support group for those with Herpes and/or HPV (human papillomavirus). Since 1999 our purpose has been to provide friendship and support to those affected by these viruses. Our mission includes education and prevention.
Ohio Friends originally began as "Cleveland Friends United." Early on, we were assisted by “Pittsburg Friends” (another H group in Pennsylvania), that thankfully showed us the way. Our first event was well attended, with members traveling from all over the state. It didn't take long for us to realize we weren't alone, and that a group such as ours was needed. We went from 5 to 30 members within a month, and by the end of the year, our number grew to 100 members.
In 2000 we changed our name to Ohio Friends, and continued to grow statewide. Ohio Friends has assisted in the creation of many other local H groups within Ohio. Many of our original members have married, showing us all that there is life and love after herpes. Those of us still helping out and attending meetings/events, know how important Ohio Friends has been to those who found us. It is our hope that Ohio Friends continues to grow in order to help those who need our support and friendship.
Many of us have moved beyond the bad times. We have sought out the education to provide others with and have found lasting love and friendships through this group. While we have moved on with our lives, there are many more people across Ohio who still desperately need this group. Please join us in keeping it going by making a modest donation, volunteering your time, or by hosting an event. Ohio Friends needs you.
Thanks to all our members who have helped support this group. YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!