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  1. Hi there, Long time lurker, first time poster, and I'll keep it simple and condensed. I've only signed up because I realize the depths of suffering some people are in, trying all sorts of desperate treatments, and I've basically been sitting on something that has taken me to near 0 outbreaks (hsv1 genital). When I first got infected some years back, I had an atypical presentation--no pain or itching, but permanently there. Bumps going up and down within the same day even, but pretty much permanently covering the head of my penis. Doctor swabbed it--came back hsv 1; he said it looked like it to him too. Now to the meat of it--rubbing alcohol. Its simple, and I'm pretty surprised that I've only seen it mentioned once here--a woman was talking about it, so I assume it works for girls too. I apply once daily, to once every 3 days, and that keeps me pretty much permanently outbreak free. It quite literally went from every day broken out for me to just about nothing. Anyway, to the what and where of it all... I use 99% isopropyl. 70% seems good too. I now have a spray bottle, but used to just dump it on the head and roll my foreskin up over it for like 20ish seconds--whatever process is actually happening, I like to think I'm facilitating absorption into the soft tissue by doing this and wreaking havoc on the virus. Obviously, you may have to do it a bit differently, genital depending. I've been doing this treatment for a few years now, so it has staying power. I read once that herpes is shreded by alcohol, so if true, I guess that explains it? However, iterupting regular treatment seems to have anecdotally, but not with great surety, made the herpes a bit less suceptible to the alcohol upon resumption. Yes, it burns terribly at first. Over time it gets better. Some days it still really burns, and in those cases I advise listening to your body and cutting the countdown short. Other than that, it feels really damn good to basically tell herpes to eff off. I don't know what kind of health risks there are. Or whether using a high % grain (drinking) alcohol would work / be healthier. I advise asking your doctor--afterall, alchohol is implicated in throat cancer. Who knows if 20-30 seconds daily on your junk can do something too. But for those who struggle constantly, I truly hope this can help someone other than just me. I also hope that this finds its way to the right forum. I wanted it in a place where casual, straight from Google, viewers would see it when they came here, and I'm hoping--and asking, please--that if I didn't get it in the right place, a moderator can instead. And, should it help as I suggest, perhaps even stickying it one day. I'm sorry in advance, I'm not a big forum person and don't come here crazy often. It just felt like something I should do for everyone else's sake. Hopefully you can excuse me if I'm an absentee topic starter. Thanks for reading, - Taylor Edit: I forgot to add in any negative effects I've experienced. Sometimes, if its burning more than usual and I leave it too long, it does make the skin pinker than it should be, and sore. The big question, what about loss of sensitivity? I worried that may happen, and its possible actually that I've lost some amount. But if I have, it wasn't even enough to remember when posting this originally, hahaha. Still every body is different, so I can only speak for me. But yes, for me, my sensitivity down there is still in great shape. Over the last few years I've on average had less stiff erections, and dysfunction, which I never had before. However, I've also been less physically healthy, I've been mentally disengaged and highly anxious around sex and sexuality (and when I'm not anxious, it often improves quite a bit), I read once that herpes itself can actually cause forms of ED, and I'm also now out of my 20's, so... Possibly related? But also very possibly unrelated to the alcohol. I'm biased though, both in mentality and my words here. So, perhaps consult a doctor if you're concerned. Cheers!
  2. Charla

    Two outbreaks

    Recently had my first big outbreak (I had a scare of what I thought could have been one last month but even though I got swabbed asap tested it came back negative). After about a week into the outbreak on my genitals I then had an oral outbreak (never had a cold sore before at least to my awareness). While I am on antivirals (taken the day the cold sore showed and the genitals have started clearing this oral one just seems to be getting worse. The nurse said it was likely HSV-2 but I am still waiting for my results. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to cope with this oral outbreak? I am currently staying at my boyfriends' house and am worried it will travel from inner lip/mouth to be more visible, the idea of his parents seeing it fills me with dread. Also, any good websites/blogs/youtubers to follow to give me a little more hope to this all.
  3. FIRST TIME TO WEBSITE. HELP.... Had a single small spot show up on my penis. Never had anything like it occur previously. Showed up the morning after having oral and vaginal sex with my wife, each of the two previous days, like 6 hours after intercourse. Went to my doctor the next day and he was unsure but suggested testing for HSV-1 and HSV-2 as precaution. Lab Test Results: IGG HSV-1 = <0.90 Negative IGG HSV-2 = 9.55 (>1.09) Needless to say I'm trying to wrap my brain around all of this.... Is it possible the above is a false positive? Have been tested in past and been negative. I don't know how I contracted it. All very upsetting but my real concern is my wife. I'm married in a monogamous relationship and have not been with anyone else for over 3 years. My wife and I are very sexually active, having sex multiple times a week most weeks since August 2015. I think the longest we have gone without sex is like 2 weeks and that's been very rare. My wife has oral cold sore out breaks multiple times a year but to my knowledge hasn't had any genital herpe symptoms and has never been tested for HSV 1 or 2. What is the likelihood my wife has HSV-2? That she contacted HSV-2 from me, that I contracted it from her or that we both came into the relationship with it? The reality is none of this really matters, I'm just so upset that it involves her. My worst nightmare. Since the spot popped up I have refrained from being sexual with my wife. Felt like it would be a breach of trust to be sexual with her without telling her there could be an issue. I wanted the test results first and wanted to discuss with her so, if there was an issue, we could work through this together. Its been two weeks and she has started making comments about not having sex and asking if something is wrong SO I have to address this now. Shouldn't she go to the dr? Shouldn't we go together? Shouldn't she get tested? My doctor, whom she goes to for general stuff as well, has acted like no big deal. Told me I could have had this for years or gotten it six months ago, no one knows for sure and people have this and deal with this all the time. Obviously, if she is negative iy can't be a resent infection. He has suggested suppression therapy of 500mg Valacycovir daily for each of us. Any thoughts or comments? Thank you.
  4. Hi All, Does anyone know if a genital herpes infection will show up in an increased white blood count?
  5. Hi confirmed genital hsv sufferers. I think one of the most confusing aspects of reading information about genital HSV and what Prdrome is about. Can you provide your knowledge of how Prodrome works? Is it localized to where outbreaks occur? Does it travel? Does it come and go or when it starts does it stay until an outbreak develops (I know sometimes outbreaks always manifest). Thanks in advance for all your experience with those that may be wondering what prodrome is so they won't confuse random symptoms with an HSV infection.
  6. Apparently I have HSV1 based on a blood test, I never had any signs of cold sore nor genial symptoms of any kind, Which is not uncommon. Let's suppose it is oral. I am dating a girl who had a swab test testing HSV1 positive in the genital area. Would me having HSV1 reduce my chances of contracting genital HSV1 from her? Let's now suppose mine is genital. Would having sex with her increase my chance of having outbreaks (which I never had). Any pointers to scientific studies on the matter or doctors' opinions would be VERY much appreciated. Many thanks
  7. eitak90

    Wait so... quick question

    I have HSV 2. In June I experienced some pretty gnarly systemic symptoms and had one lesion, and one red spot the size of a dime that eventually blistered. I had never experienced either before, and nothing since then. Does this mean that I was newly infected or could I have been carrying this for a while and only just had a primary OB years later? Would that make me asymptomatic? I've always been under the impression that the primary is when your body was not exposed to it until that point, and then the systemic symptoms are the result of your body attacking the virus.
  8. eitak90

    Valtrex

    I had a two week checkup today from my initial dx of HSVII. My doctor initially didn't want to have me on valtrex daily, but today he decided that he wanted to keep me on it across the board. - does this mean I am less of a risk during sex? - any particular side effects I should be concerned with while taking Valtrex?
  9. I contracted HSV-2 from a friend last year with whom I was sleeping casually. He has since apologized, as he was not aware of his status. That part doesn't really matter. My first outbreak was in July 2016. I am currently experiencing my second outbreak, and although it is only three days in, I really want to minimize the irritation as quickly as possible. I am currently still experiencing itchiness, but also some pain. I know all the standard relief agents, but my situation comes with a few problems : 1. I am unable to take salt baths twice a day, even though I'd like to. Our country has severe water restrictions and my family will be fined if I bath this often. I can take 1 a week, maximum. The rest of the time, I have to shower and keep it under 2 min. 2. I am unable to purchase any kind of medication or seek any professional help. My parents are very religious and very strict, and since our medical aid is listed under their name, any visit to the gynaecologist would show up under our bill and they'd ask a lot of questions. 3. My parents also keep track of my credit card, and I am therefore unable to seek any medical advice that isn't under our medical aid without them asking questions. I have considered speaking to my parents about the virus, but I know that they will not understand and that it will cause huge problems in my family. Due to this, I am also feeling very alone and stuck. And just want all of this to be over as soon as possible, so that I can get up and be the active person that I am again instead of pretending to be sick in bed just to avoid them finding out by the way I walk. I have been using Bactroban cream a few times a day, as well as an anti-itch cream. But I only keep it on for a few minutes before dabbing dry again, as I've been told that lesions heal quicker when kept dry ? Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated!
  10. Hello, I very recently, unfortunately gave my partner oral herpes. We think it's genital herpes on her mouth. She's got the bumps/clusters and now it's starting to scab. I'm wondering if we engage in (mouth to mouth, closed and open) kissing, can I get it.... worse? Meaning - I have only noticed tingling, itching, stinging on my mouth but no noticeable bumps/clusters small or large, no pus or bleeding, etc. Or is it kind of like, the infection is what it is and I already have it/it can't 'pop up' in a new or different way...? Thanks for your time.
  11. Good Day, I was diagnosed with HSV-1 Jan2013 through blood work, and subsequent tests have confirmed. I assumed I had oral HSV1 because I always used to get a small red patch above my lip as well as small swelling on the lip from time to time treated with abreva. Sept. 2015 I had what I would identify as a small coldsore with 4 little blisters on the corner of my bottom lip with the usual tingling I have heard described. No scabbing, treated with abreva to numb area. My question stems from an experience I had Dec2014. I woke up with a sunburn feeling, Ive heard it described as, on my shaft. Some cold water releived it. The next night I had the same feeling. I believe this was around the same time I developed a small red patch in that area with what appeared to be a couple small dots (to be clear I am assuming the burning was the same time but I could be mistaken as it was 2 years ago). They did not hurt and went away after 2 weeks. The Dr. thought it was herpes but ruled it out after HSV2 came back negative. However, this was on the assumption I already had oral HSV1. I had tingling in the area for a couple years, but after finally eliminating a reoccurent hpv infection this has gone away. So what to believe. Since I have never done a swab test, its unclear the location. The burning feeling and area that formed in retrospect does sound suspicious, but could it have been caused by another factor? There was also the small coldsore I had last year to consider. What should I do..smh..so many things to consider.
  12. calinicole

    what the heck!!!

    So I've had HSV2 for about 6 months now, going on 7. I had been getting one small out break like maybe 2 lesions max, once a month. But just these past two weeks I'm on my third lesion and feeling a 4th coming on. What in the fuck is going on? I thought it was suppose to get better as time passed I feel frustrated, annoyed, and in pain. Does anyone know why this might be happening all of the sudden? I don't feel more stressed then usual, diet and sleep pattern is the same.
  13. hopeforall

    Oral HSV2 Spread

    If a person(male) has Oral HSV2, how easy is it to spread to a partner(female): 1) Through Kissing 2) Through Oral Sex 3) Through Vaginal Sex
  14. Hey you guys! So I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes type 1. I contracted it from a partner who had an active cold sore. We didn't think anything of it at the time. I got the diagnosis on my birthday. I was super super super depressed for the past month. My OB is completely clear now. But my question is: is having type 1 really all that awful. My doctor said it was way better than type 2 in the sense that it doesn't reoccur near as often, sheds less and is less severe. She also told me with type one if I'm not having an active OB or any symptoms that I don't necessarily have to disclose to future partners. Im also on suppressive therapy for safe measure. Can someone please talk to me about this?
  15. Hello, I have recently been diagnosed with herpes - both oral and genital (mostly likely HSV1, although this has not yet been confirmed by lab analysis). I took 2000mg of Valtrex on Tuesday afternoon, another 2000mg on Tuesday morning and have since continued taking the drug with a dosage of 500mg twice a day. It has been almost three days and my symptoms seem to be getting worse ie. new sites have appeared and previous, smaller areas of infection are spreading. Is this normal? At what point should I rule out Valtrex as an effective tool to manage outbreaks? Thank you
  16. Hey everyone, I've been rather bummed about my diagnosis lately. I'm 2months in and was "ok" for a little while and since me and my partner (who gave this to me) have broken up, I've been really upset. He was kind of my secrurity blanket. I loved him, he gave this to me ghsv1 via oral sex, and he didn't view me any different after my diagnosis. I guess I got use to the reassurance and comfort. But ANYWAYS, (sorry for the little rant) back to what I saying. I would like to hear some stories for those of you with hsv1 genitally and how it's affected your life. I've heard both ends of the spectrum. One being that it basically made them a leper and other who say it's literally affected them none and none of their parameters have cared. I had my initial Ob in the middle of August and haven't really had anything since (fingers crossed). I'm not on suppressive meds. I eat kind of bad, take vit c+ l-lysine and zinc but I've also been incredibly stressed and upset lately. Still no OB. So what's your ghsv1 story? Do you disclose? If so, have you been rejected? How has life treated you?
  17. Hello everyone.. I am in a profession where i work with abandoned children often (and its also likely i picked up my HSV1/oral from one of these kids) and next 6 months i would be working with a lot of kids ( which is very very stressful). I had been asking my doctor if we could do something to reduce the frequency of outbreaks and invisible shedding. She prescribed aciclovir 200mg 1 tabet a week and 800 mg Lycin everyday! 1 tablet a week seems to be a very small dosage, should i get a second opinion from another doctor? And on a similiar note, for the past couple of months i get shooting pain (like pin pricks) under my ball sac and the region between thigh and ball sac accompanied by intense itching. This lasts for a couple of days. the pain appears randomly and last for less than a second though. Do i have genital herpes as well now? Thanks and regards
  18. Am I the only person on here who believes it's not neccesary to disclose either type of hsv1 oral or genital since it's so common?
  19. Please help me out someone. Okay, so I know I have herpes type 1. I was diagnosed via swab about a month ago. My initial OB wasn't really that bad at all. I experienced no itching, no burning when I peed and the only discomfort was when I crossed my legs and could feel the 3 ulcers. Just uncomfortableness. Was prescribed my 10 day dose of Valtrex and sent on my way. I currently have a 30 day bottle of Valtrex incase anything happened. (It's really crazy how incredibly expensive this medicine is!!) Keep in mind that I also suffer from pretty bad eczema down there, on my face and hands that temporarily flare up from time to time. However, me and my partner (who also has hsv1 as well) had really rough and DRY sex. He fingered me when I was pretty dry and I believe this created a lot of friction and some abrasions. This was yesterday, I had no lesions or discomfort prior to this. No symptoms either. I woke up today and my vagina was really red and sore. I also noticed what appears to be a cut on the very inside of the entrance to my vagina. It doesn't burn when I pee or hurt to touch. It doesn't itch. It's just there. There are also little abrasions from my butt to vagina that are kind of sore. They do not look like ulcers at all, just small cuts. I also experienced the flu like symptoms with my initial OB and the only thing I've been is tired (due from full time job and full time school) It's only been a month since my initial OB and I'm scared that I'm having another one so soon. Which I hear is abnormal for people with hsv1 genital. Just when I was coming to terms with everything, I feel like this is another OB. Help me, I'm really really depressed
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