My doctor told me recently that sometimes herpes will just go away in around 10 years. I've also been living with Herpes 2 for a while and it's not really that big of a deal for me. I've never taken any pills, but I use a cream which shortens the time of an outbreak.
I have a heterosexual female friend that has recently been diagnosed with HIV- now that is some bad ass stuff, but even so- she's on the medication and feeling good. Her doctor said (as long as she takes the medication) she will live a normal life and she isn't having any side effects from the drugs. STD's aren't what they used to be when I was in my 20's.
Cancer is the thing to be scared of and it isn't even contagious so there is nothing you can do about it.
The key to life is in being fully engaged and peacefully detached simultaneously and authentically in each moment.