The Phoenix Association

It's not just physical, it's emotional.  Come talk with us, we can help. 

   Did You Know ...

  • Herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) which belongs to a family of viruses that includes Epstein-Barr (the cause of mono) and varicella-zoster (chicken pox and shingles).

  • There are 2 strains of HSV.  Cold sores are usually caused by HSV-1 and genital herpes are usually caused by HSV-2 but either strain can live in the oral or genital areas. 

  • Herpes can be transmitted through unprotected sex even if you are not experiencing an outbreak or symptoms (this period is called asymptomatic shedding). You can greatly reduce the risk of spreading herpes by abstaining from sex during an outbreak, using a condom in between outbreaks and considering daily suppressive antiviral treatment.  

Who We Are

Got herpes? Life is certainly not over! Welcome to The Phoenix Association where everyone has herpes and understands what it’s like to receive the diagnosis and has insights on what it's like to live with this virus.  If you decide to join, you'll see that our members are incredibly diverse,  covering all age groups (from early 20's to those in their 60's and older) and representing the multi-cultural diversity of Toronto and the GTA.  Herpes does not discriminate who it affects! 

What We Offer

Support is provided via a ‘self-help’ open forum once a month. Self-help forums cover topics such as prescription drugs and side effects, herbal remedies, how to tell a potential partner, role-playing, etc. We also invite guest speakers such as dermatologists, general, practitioners, specialists in Eastern and Western medicines, and naturopaths to share their expertise and how it relates to the management of having herpes.  We're also always keeping our eye out for ways to spread awareness of our group and educating the population through 

Important Disclaimer!

The Phoenix Association is not a medical organization and meetings are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen.  In addition: 

  • We do not offer counseling by phone or email; we offer support only at our monthly meetings.  
  • We are NOT a dating service.