Herpes Discussion Forums

  1. Welcome - New Members

    1. Just signed up? Say hello here!

      If you are new to our Herpes Support Forum please introduce yourself! We would love to meet you.

    2. Newly Diagnosed

      A herpes or cold sore diagnosis can sometimes come as a shock. Share your feelings or ask questions here.

    3. Personal Experience with Herpes

      How has herpes or cold sores affected your life? Share your experience with us for support and encouragement.

  2. Living with Herpes

    1. Spreading and Preventing Herpes

      A discussion about herpes transmission. Talk about the possibilities and share your thoughts and experiences.

    2. Sex and Kissing

      A special section to discuss how herpes and cold sores affect your sex life and physical affection.

    3. ♡ Dating and Relating

      Talk about your current situation, finding and keeping love, avoiding sex during outbreaks and everything related to dating with herpes.

    4. Disclosure. Telling Someone About Herpes.

      Get a different perspective. Giving the herpes talk to someone can be nerve-racking, but we've got your back. You can do this!

    5. About My Outbreaks

      A discussion about herpes and cold sore outbreaks - talk about the frequency, severity and possible "triggers". What is the pattern of your recurrences?

    6. Pregnancy, Conception and Herpes

      A discussion about pregnancy, childbirth and having children when herpes is involved. Ask questions or share your story here to inspire others.

    7. I Have a Loved One with Herpes

      Support for partners, friends and relatives. Ask questions and share your experience - we would love to hear from you.

  3. Herpes Awareness

    1. Herpes Treatment Zone

      What works, what doesn't. Discuss anything related to managing and treating herpes and cold sores.

    2. Herpes Cure Research

      Discuss the latest developments and what is being done RIGHT NOW to bring an end to herpes.

    3. Herpes, Justice and the Law

      Discuss legal issues, laws in your area, precedents and the BIG DEBATE about whether TO sue or NOT to sue for herpes damages. Join in...

    4. Technical Discussion

      Technical and Scientific questions and contributions relating to the herpes virus.

  4. Unsure???

    1. Could I Have Herpes or Cold Sores?

      Discuss issues such as herpes symptoms and commonly confused conditions. Post your questions, experiences, advice and more.

    2. Herpes Tests and Diagnosis

      Talk about different herpes tests and their results, your experiences with Doctors and clinics, the accuracy of herpes tests and more.

  5. Coping and Acceptance

    1. The Secret to My Success

      A special segment about mental attitude, successful relationships and the silver lining to having herpes. No negativity in this section thanks! Share your wisdom, random thoughts and positive stories here.

    2. Rant & Rave

      Need to let off some steam? If you want to get something off your chest we're listening!

    3. Keeping the Faith

      Talk openly about having herpes in respect to your religion or faith. Is herpes accepted? How do YOU feel? Discuss your religious or spiritual point of view here.

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    4. Rainbow Resource

      A place for our gay, lesbian, bi and transgender members.

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    5. Art & Poetry Corner

      Express how you are feeling by sharing poems, songs, artwork and pieces. All contributions welcome.

    6. Bog of Eternal Stench

      You don't have to look on the bright side of life! This is a place to vent your doom & gloom and be the pessimist if you need to. Positive contributions are welcome but not necessary. Stink it up people!

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  6. Herpes through the Ages

    1. Teens

      Connect here with teens and young adults. Tell us what you're up to, ask questions and get help in moving forward.

    2. 20's

      If you are in your 20's please come on in and say hi! Talk about dating, meeting people, friends and other challenges of our generation.

    3. 30 sumthings

      If you are in your 30s and want to talk to others of the same age group please make a post here. We would love to meet you!

    4. 40+ crew

      This is a forum section specifically for the more mature folks in here. Chat about whatever you like and get to know some of our wise old members.

    5. 55+ years wise

      This is the senior 'distinguished' section of our Herpes Support Forums. Post a message and say hi!

    6. Support Buddies - Where are y'all from?

      Connect with peeps in your region and help others realize that no-one is alone with herpes.

  7. Chit Chat Lounge

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    2. Talk about Non-Herpes Stuff

      Open up and talk about WHATEVER you like!

  8. How to Use this Site

    1. Forum Q&A

      Having a problem working our site, or unsure what something means? Ask your question here.

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    • Mike Donovan
      Thank you, guys! I talked to him, on week ago. I was like "I care about us! Is that why I'm telling you that"  Okay.. I cried. hahaha I was super scare! But he was so cozy, and I showed him that I'm okay living with that, and I didn't wanted him to feel sorry about me, I wanted his love and company. So... We are okay and I hope we date soon! And I believe what hitkid said. When I found out about my herpes, the exams said that I already had it, for a long time. I realized that I was okay all this time, so nothing is changing. I just know myself better.  Again, thanks! And lucky for all of us!
    • Winthrow
      I was first diagnosed almost 2 years ago with HSV2 by taking an IGG test. At that time the results came back 17.8. I just recently took another test during some other routine bloodwork I had done and now have an index value of 23.8. Has anyone else seen or heard numbers this high? I know they essentially don't mean anything, but just curious why they're so high. I rarely have outbreaks and when I do they're pretty mild. I also had them test for HSV1 and that came back negative.
    • Nicoli
      Hey Guys, Been a while since I've been on line. I recently read a post here where someone was having success in preventing an OB at the onset of podrone by using a 'heat' treatment where he applied a heat to the area in question using heated water at 122*-127*. He claimed it stopped symptoms and prevented outbreaks if he cought it early enough. If he is too late, the OB was smaller and healing was faster. So, I did some google searches and I found a product that is available in Europe, Canada and other countries but not The US. So, for some of us, this could be a win. And for the US peeps, it's something we can try to McGyver up ourselves at home. Check out the reviews. Pretty encouraging I think... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Herpotherm-Heat-Treatment-Cold-Sores/dp/B002G8JRBM
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    • OFMDH
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    • OFMDH
      There is another paper published this year using Bill's vaccine mutant and it showed significant CD4/CD8 increase in mice. Which is why someone like Rich has no apparent OB's while his Ab levels are decreasing. Bottom line what you want is both B and T cell to be high for a long time.   See Halford's vaccine with the live vaccine and antibodies produced . Figure 5. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0116091  - "Past studies of HSV-2 dl-529 or HSV-2 cJ2-D2 offer qualitative evidence that HSV-2 viral vaccines may elicit antibodies against many unspecified HSV-2 proteins in Western blots" -- In Bill's case the antibodies were directed against ICP8, RR-1 (aka ICP10 in HSV2) VP1-2, VP5 and not the main glycoproteins which a lot of people have been focusing on for protection in other vaccines. Why on earth should they do that? On average 21 days. T memory cells last a lot longer.  You're confusing proteins and antibodies. There such things as antibodies which can be produced in a lab and there is an antibody treatment already on the market for arthritis. However for us its a really bad idea. It would suppress your natural antibody production to almost nothing thus making you completely dependent on antibody injections. If you missed a dose it would be like a primary OB - bad. What you want is for your immune system to respond to the viral proteins from a vaccine and make its own antibodies and make a pool of memory cells to reactivate every time HSV reactivates.   You can add a soup of numerous proteins and inject it but the human body is not going to recognize them all equally. It's not very effective doing it individually. Which is why live vaccines have such an advantage with the antigenic breadth. But there is another problem, as the virus enters, the cell transfusion it alters protein structures to do epitope masking to block antibodies attaching in the same place. Which is why Bill's vaccine has very low gD2 glycoprotein response in the attached graph [http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/figure/image?download&size=large&id=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0116091.g005] even though its strongly correlated in subunit vaccines to reduce symptoms.
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