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  1. I'm a 29 yr old male, otherwise healthy. Exactly 6 weeks ago I made a regretful mistake, and received unprotected oral sex from a stranger of unknown status. There was no genital to genital connection, only me receiving oral, and she was a worker. Approximately a week and a half later, my urethra started to burn consistently. Just always, all the time. Not really a painful burn, just a constant warm discomforting feeling. It did not burn more during urination, and actually in some ways felt relieving to urinate. At 2 weeks post encounter, I got a full panel of STD tests, everything came back negative EXCEPT for HSV-1 which showed 3.67 HSV-1 IgG. I would add that a little over 4 months earlier I tested negative for HSV-1/2 IgG. Naturally I was freaked out and convinced that they were related, but other than the constant warm feeling in my urethra I had shown no other symptoms at all in those first 2 weeks. Doctors at the clinic did a digital rectal exam, said my prostate was enlarged/sensitive, gave me Bactrim and sent me on my way. Unconvinced, I went to a urologist who did another exam, agreed on the diagnosis, dismissed this as new herpes, and told me to continue my treatment. The burning started to subside a bit on bactrim but not completely, so I went back and they figured I had acute bacterial prostatitis and gave me doxycycline. The burning started to subside and is now almost completely gone. Though occasionally it creeps back up on me still, even today, depending on the position I'm laying in or sitting in. Additionally I developed a few small bumps on my thigh, but they all had hair follicles in them, doctors said folliculitis which is not new to me, and told me if it was then it should clear in a day or so from antibiotics. Woke up the next morning and they were all gone. During this entire period, I've also had itching and tingling in my groin and thighs that has lasted for the entire 6 weeks, but seems to subside with jock itch cream and powder, before sneaking up again the next day. I've also had pereneal pain and a red rash, no blisters, lesions,or sores present anywhere on my body in 6 weeks. At this point, I still itch, I have pain and pinching in my thighs when sitting, and I have an urgent need to urinate whenever I lay down or sit for long periods. The urgency increases at night. I feel an occasional mild burning in the tip of my penis which comes and goes for the last few weeks, and still no visible signs of outbreak. I took another IgG at 5 weeks, my hsv-1 was still basically the same, 3.7 now, still negative for 2. I'm freaking out, trying to make sense of this. Has anyone experienced new herpes where the only symptoms are a swelling in the urethra, without blisters, prostatitis, and urinary urgency and frequency with small or zero urine coming out? Is it possible to turn positive on IgG tests after only 2 weeks? Or is it more likely that I got some other type of infection from this and that my HSV is older, possibly oral, contracted in the last 6 months? Please help me make sense of this
  2. Im a 23f and I’ve been hanging out with a 31m for about a month now. We met through a mutual friend and I’ve held off on sex (I don’t just sleep with people). However the main reason is bc I had to disclose that I have Ghsv1. I found out in July of 2017 when I had a sore at the opening of my vagina. I haven’t experienced anything from it since. Negative for hsv2, but positive for hsv1. I disclosed to him yesterday by first asking if he’s ever had a coldsore, he said yes. And of course I felt immediate relief bc it’s like “awesome, he carries the same virus too so there’s no issue.”. I explained that I have it too, but downstairs and how I got it and how it doesn’t effect me at all until I have to have the conversation about it. He asked if it’s something I take medication for and I said I could but mine is already low risk as is. I told him how ghsv1 isn’t commonly transmitted to genitals bc it prefers the oral area and told him how there’s a 4% chance with no condom and 2%. I explained how the stigma is the worse thing about it and how a previous partner never contracted anything from me. He said I dropped a bomb on him and I told him if he’s had a coldsore he carries the same strain. I just have it in a different area and can’t give him something he already carries. He said it’s the same but it’s kinda different. At that point I felt like I was losing an uphill battle. He thanked me for telling him and told me how he’s had chylamidia before and knows some stuff about herpes and outbreaks. I told him its not what it is if he thinks herpes. He told me he doesn’t think any less of me. He said it’s not the end of the world but it is something he’s gonna have to think about and process and it’s gonna take him some time to wrap his head around it and see where that leaves things with us. I asked if i could tell him stuff I’ve found out about it and he said we could talk about it but he’s still gonna need some time to think about it himself which I understand. I told him I hope he doesn’t just go off what he thinks he knows about it. I also hope he comes to his senses and realizes how much of a nonissue it is. I told him it’s nothing to me and he said he wouldn’t say it’s nothing but it’s not the end of the world. I still stayed last night and he didn’t cuddle with me at all. I told him he was already treating me different and he said he’s just trying to process everything and he can’t just act like it’s not a thing. I’m giving him some space and hoping he does research on a reputable site. He’s so nice and I don’t have the best track record and the thought of meeting someone that actually treats me well and it getting ruined bc if this breaks my heart and terrifies me:(
  3. I was just recently diagnosed with HSV1 but the outbreak is on my vagina and I do not have any cold sores on my mouth. I thought it was ok to kiss the man I've been dating and give him oral since I don't have any sores on my mouth. But now both he and I are panicking that I may have passed it to him unknowingly. What exactly is the risk? What should I do? What should he do? I just started taking the medication today and we were kissing last night. I feel so stupid for not knowing it could still present a risk.
  4. I´m adding to pics : one from wednesday Dec 5th and today Monday Dec 10th. Went to consultation and doctor gave me a prescription right away : with local aciclovir and valtrax . I haven´t get my blood lab or swab test yet. I´m still confused the way internet explain how herpes symptomps are, and all of these does not applied to me. this appear a day after having sex with my boydriend and that night we didnt even practice oral sex. 2 days before I shave with an old razor and the hair still short. I know it could be herpes and I´m accepting it but there´s many pics and symptoms out there on the pages that make me feel confused. Thanks for reading
  5. anom1990

    Well… here I am.

    Hi everyone. I’m still trying to process this but I am a gay male in my late 20’s that was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 in October 2018. I haven’t been sexually active since 2015 and have only engaged in sexual activity with four people in my life. I’m feeling a lot of emotions because of this; sad, angry, confused, violated, ect. Thoughts like who would’ve thought someone like little ole me, compared to all of the VERY promiscuous people in the world, would end up with Genital Herpes ESPECIALLY when I’ve been abstinent and just focusing on myself for years. That was a gunshot to my soul. It’s crazy that I’ve ALWAYS done regular STD testing, thinking I was negative for everything only to find out that Herpes was never included in my testing because I never knew you had to literally ask for that until this year. The CDC and medical industry is so fucked up and wrong for that. I’ve always used protection, except with my first boyfriend but that was back in 2009-2010 and a condom broke with a sexual encounter I had back in 2011 and I remember immediately putting a new one on him. Unfortunately, all of the men I’ve dealt with sexually are questionable. Half of me wants to know who gave this to me but the other half is like what’s the point. I only have access to contact three of them (I don’t know where the other guy is) but I haven’t spoken to two of them in years, one of them in a whole decade and it would be pretty awkward for me years later to write them a message about herpes. My first boyfriend and I are cordial but he’s still immature so it would be very awkward with him. Anyways, as I’ve been thinking and backtracking my life, I would think I caught this back in 2011 because I remember my anus itching so badly but I thought it was just my hair growing back because I do recall shaving before having sex so I guess that was my first outbreak. Other times I would just get a minor itch in and on my buttocks but I never would’ve thought herpes. I’ve never got outbreaks on my penile area. This is all still confusing and baffling to me. I’m still sad and feeling like my future love life was taken from me. I feel like part of my confidence was taken from me. I don’t even feel comfortable flirting and finding people attractive right now. I’m just releasing my thoughts about my situation but I do have questions. My results also came back saying I had extremely low Vitamin D deficiency; does HSV-2 have something to do with that? Is there a test I could take to tell me exactly when I contracted this virus? This question may be TMI but I masturbate and I notice that a lot of sperm doesn’t cum out sometimes, does HSV-2 have something to do with that?
  6. Chris Taylor

    IgG results

    Took another IgG down in Mexico , my results are back, after 16 months from possible exposure, my numbers had been rising, then dripping, and so forth. After 16 months its intermediate, I'm at 9.2 , below 0.9 is negative intermediate is 9.1-1.1 and positive is 1.1 and above. I wonder if I'll be positive pretty soon. What a bummer. so weird , encounter was protected oral sex done to me. A little penetration which was protected as well. What are the chances of getting hsv 1 from genital to genital. One time encounter. Yet I am still intermediate, I wonder if my numbers would be positive next time or have been positive but keeps on switching. Did pcr and was negative , western blot tyoe and negative. Countless test and all have been negative. After 16 months it's now intermiadiate.
  7. Hey everyone, I’ve had hsv 1 or cold sores on my lips since I was a little girl, my mom and aunt have it. Just a few hours ago my gynecologist told me that it was possible that on the last ob about 2 weeks ago I probably didn’t washed well my hands or unconsciously did something and got it down there (labia). I was having a hard month( my grandpa died, college finals) and the only thing that kept me happy was starting a relationship with an amazing guy so you can tell I’m really heartbroken, feeling like really bad and depressed. One friend suggested me to join this group so I could feel better and meet new people and outcomes. God Bless You All
  8. Hi guys I am worried if I got herpes. I have gone to the doctor and they have all said I am fine, I recently had Oral sex from a girl I met. I had it done two times. The first time I was fine and the next time, I felt pain in my urine. Uti tests and stds tests expect for Herpes was done and I was good. The pain went away but I have these red sores and I am confused if they are anything? The doctor said they are normal but I just want some feedback. Thank you guys please comment. My pictures are there https://ibb.co/mV8jbp https://ibb.co/jqnubp https://ibb.co/fGze99 https://ibb.co/dP6gNU https://ibb.co/m9Sz99 https://ibb.co/jcfK99 https://ibb.co/nbg4bp https://ibb.co/kxv82U https://ibb.co/enKCU9
  9. Fernholly

    Shocked by gHSV1 diagnosis

    A few weeks ago I thought I felt a yeast infection coming on. It made sense because I had a throat infection ( which appeared to be strep but tested but negative — could this be related?) a few weeks prior and started but didn’t finish amoxicillin since the strep came back negative. So I was in a ton of pain, 3 days of Monistat and nothing, so I call my primary care to get something and she says “could it be herpes?” I said no way, there are no bumps, just discharge, and itching, pain around the clitoris, plus I’m just thinking of how long I’ve been with my BF. So she prescribed me something and I hope to get better. The next day I felt a small sore on my lip near my anus, and had my boyfriend check it out. He said it just looked like a little cut but my heart sank because I remembered the doctor suggested herpes. I scheduled an apt with my OBGYN. By this time I had multiple small sores and she told me I had herpes. She swabbed the sores around my clitoris that had been causing me so much pain, it felt like sandpaper and I just cried and cried and wanted to die. I told her I had been with my boyfriend for 3 years, it didn’t make any sense. He never had visible cold sores anywhere. I was worried he cheated on me. She explained the shedding and suggested he likely passed it on during oral sex if he’s had cold sores in the past. My test came back positive for HSV1 a few days later. Its been almost a week since I’ve had any visible sores but I’m still in shock. I can’t enotionally process this still. My boyfriend acts like since it’s “only HSV1” I won’t have many OB’s and that I’m lucky. I’ve been having lots of nerve pain even after the sores have cleared up, I worry it will bother me not only during OBs but all the time, just not as intensely. But I can’t help but still be angry that he gave this to me, and never even bothered to tell me he had cold sores in the past. I never imagined this happening to me because I thought I found my person forever and would never have to worry about catching an sti. I’m just so concerned since stress is a major trigger and I am going to medical school next year, so I will have many many years of stress ahead and I’m not quite sure I can balance the stress, and the pain and emotional toll of an OB. Can anyone with gHSV1 talk to me? I’m feeling pretty alone.
  10. Hi All, New here and was recently diagnosed with ghsv-1 six weeks ago. Sort of coping, good days and bad days as expected and going through the motions as everyone does. Did anyone experience health anxiety when they got the news? I'm barely sleeping knowing that my body can't fight this off and worrying that I will catch an additional or more serious illness in the future I'm getting the oddest sensations all over my body too and the anxiety makes it worse. I caught this with low chances (with a condom and the guy was on suppressive meds) so I guess I'm feeling 'unlucky' in that sense. If you guys have any thoughts, suggestions or experiences I'd be grateful to hear
  11. Carmen354

    I have Questions

    Hey guys quick question! On feb 13 I had my yearly check up and blood work done. Yesterday I saw that It back seropositive for hsv1 with index 1.7 and HSV2 with index 1.8. I’ve never had any symptoms and never contracted any stds my whole life. Also I’ve been with my boyfriend for 6yrs no one. The only thing I’ve had was a cold sore when I was little and pops up once in a blue moon. Could this be a false positive?
  12. Hi everyone I’m new on here i have ghsv1 and have done for a year - what a horror i have had a total of 3 outbreaks. The 2nd one lingered on but it wasn’t like the first one it was really painful little paper cuts on my lady bits and near my bum impossible to clean / wipe ouch please can anyone tell me if they have had this
  13. seanriley213


    Can I please get someone to talk to here?????? I think I'm drowning in pains
  14. This is my second outbreak in more than four years apart from the first. Or at least that the symptoms are noticeable enough. The first time I was prescribed acyclovir but this time I was prescribed valacyclovir (generic for valtrex). I'm on my third pill and just developed a mild reddish rash not itchy in my forearms. Has anyone experienced something like this?
  15. Hello everyone. I've never joined a forum before so I am curious to meet you all. Here's some background: My ex-bf gave me genital herpes back in 2010 - it passed from his cold sore through oral sex (neither of us had any idea that this could happen - we were only 20 years old). I was diagnosed with GHSV-1. I had really awful symptoms this first time - I was really ill for around 10-14 days with muscular pain, tiredness and huge lesions on my vagina (even the doctors were shocked when they saw it!) that have even left some scarring. I initially went through all the feelings that everyone else on here has described: anxiety, fear, shame, guilt... I was very depressed, upset, "why me?" etc. When my boyfriend and I broke up (for unrelated reasons) around 9 months later, I became very sad and scared again that I would never be able to meet anyone else that would want to sleep with me, let alone be my life partner. As I started educating myself, however, I felt a little better about it (GHSV-1 is milder, reoccurrences are rarer, they get less severe with time etc.) I was told by the sexual health nurse that if I didn't get a second outbreak in 1-2 years, the likelihood was that I would never have another one again. I got on with my life and started to forget about it. I am fairly open about having herpes when it comes up in discussion with friends, passing it off as something happened to me back when I was 20, but isn't part of my life any more. Now, exactly 8 years on, after spending the weekend at a music festival (so running on low batteries and lack of sleep), I've gotten another outbreak. Smaller and less severe for sure, but tender, painful, very itchy and uncomfortable... and I am in total shock. I'm worried about the following things: - Has this 'opened the floodgates'? Will I now start getting more outbreaks more frequently, or is the likelihood that I won't get another outbreak for another 8 years, or more? - I know the outbreak occurred when I was run down.. but really, no more than I occasionally get two or three times a year (from working too hard, going out too late etc.).. so why this time? Will this happen every time/more often when I go to a festival or something from now on? - This outbreak has been accompanied by quite bad lower back pain and constipation (although this could also be because I started my period at the same time) - has anyone else experienced these symptoms? I'd love to know if anyone out there also had a break of around 5-10 years with no symptoms - and whether their next outbreak after that was sooner or later than that. Thank you to everybody for your input and support. I hope I can help others too with info about my story.
  16. Locs

    I gave my partner herpes

    I gave my partner oral herpes but I haven’t told him yet. I was just diagnosed 2 days ago. A little background, I’m a normal 20 something year old. I have been having sex with my partner for about 7 months now. When we first started messing around it was more so of a thing that “just happened” (protection was used) around this time he was also talking to another girl as well. We eventually just started hanging out more and we got closer. We’re together all the time, even though we never actually said we were boyfriend and girlfriend. Back in june I was raped by my boss ( he didn’t use protection) I told my partner and we’ve been working through the problem together. My roommate also told me after 2 months of living together that she has type 2 herpes. I was only frustrated with her because she didn’t tell me before we moved in. Not that it would have changed anything, just that I would have taken better precautions because we share practically everything. I was open with him about me feeling sore down there before I went for a check up. We both thought that I just had gotten a cut from rough sex. He performs oral on me often and he told me how he saw the “cuts” as well but he still proceeded to perform oral a little until i told him it felt too uncomfortable. After that incident we haven’t been having sex until I felt better. (I’m pretty sure that’s the moment I passed my virus on.) I took it upon myself to look at my “cuts” in a hand mirror and it looked too serious to just be from rough sex. I’m not sure if my roommate, him, or my rapist passed it on or maybe I have had it and not known. I just really don’t know how to tell him. The hardest part about having this is that I can pass it on. I just feel so low. And now all I can think about is my rapist and how he could have possibly gave it to me. I ruined my partners life and I’ve been trying to build the courage to tell him.
  17. helpme12345


    Hello everyone, I am curious to know what is going on with me. I tested positive for hsv1 about a year ago when i went in for a std check just cuz i was curious, which is no big deal. My docs and I believe it to be oral and i dont think my body is that amazing at suppressing this either if i did have it in the genitals since im also a chain smoker (my immune system sucks), and when i was a kid i remember having sores in my mouth that burned and stung like crazy. Also my family gets cold sores every once in a while. But something odd happened and im just curious. my gf and i are doing long distance. she came to visit me for a week in aug where we basically had sex everyday, twice a day. oral, vaginal and anal, all unprotected. Please dont try to convince me that my gf is also cheating. Anyways, a little after she left back in august i switched to E-ciggs and have been smoking that a lot to the point where i had cotton mouth and dehydration. When i pee in the morning it would hurt a bit, nothing crazy, mostly since pee is concentrated in the morning. A week later while playing computer games, it was really hot and humid and i had an itch on my scrotum. I guess i was really frustrated i lost the game so i took it out on my itch by pulling the skin through my boxers and i was left with an abrasion that my doctor took a look at the very next day. My doctor told me it was a simple abrasion and if more pop up or doesnt heal within a few days then come back. well, in about 2 to 3 days it healed up with no scab. After two weeks and still having some burning urination, i still masturbated thinking it was nothing. While masturbating I guess i didnt want to finish and i squeezed my penis while it was on the verge of ejaculating and my cum went up and down and then i shot. It left this throbbing feeling in my urethra, and again thought nothing of it and went to sleep. The next day my urethra was super itchy, it was for a few days until i had white discharge. Got seen by a urologist and my test came out as negative, nothing and said it was NGU. I asked my gf to take an std test and she did. She was positive for HSV 1 IGG and also had BV ( common in women), ureaplasma urealyticum, and mycoplasma hominis. I found out through some research and my urologist that it can cause ngu and rarely/uncommon for ngu to be caused by herpes and i dont think it was in my urethra otherwise i would be in extreme pain. I also had Ureaplasma U back when i was in Korea and took two weeks of doxcy. my urologist gave me 7 days of doxy, while taking the doxcy it took about four to five days for my symptoms to clear up, but i still had some burning urination. I also still dry masturbated and felt some friction burns under the helmet of my penis next and thought nothing of it and took a shower. I used this exfoliating soap by dove that contained micro beads( at the time i didnt know), lathered it in my hands and washed my penis with it, which afterwards my penis helmet was pink and had some bumps and a cool burning sensation. This was gone the next day after flushing it with cold water. But stupid me i kept masturbating and it really irritated my penis. I feel like the soap stripped my penis of its natural oils and dried out my skin. But somehow i didnt feel like the doctors were helping me. So after a full blood test for HIV, HSV 1 & 2 IGG, hep B, C, and syphilis, all negative except hsv 1, after 6 weeks. and seeing 5 general doctors, PCP, and 2 urologists that tell me im fine and its friction burn and burst blood vessels under the helmet of my penis, which are called petechiae( not too sure), im going nuts. Im hyper aware of every little movement thats going on down there and its driving me crazy. Also i used this lube from tenga (sex toy company) and a fleshlight so i dont dry masturbate and it seemed to have made it worse. does any of this or these symptoms say i have ghsv1? I do have some burning every now and then and some pee that hurts every now and then, (still didnt give my penis a break from masturbating btw) but i dont know if this is all in my head or just something else. My doctor and a friend who has hsv tell me you would definitely know if you have it in your urethra and herpes arent going to stay teeny tiny there going to swell and cluster. I also am fully aware of some of the symptoms hsv cuz of a scare that happened a few years ago and i did some crazy research and went to about 12 different doctors, which ended with i just tore some skin off my penis while pulling off the condom. Could these broken blood vessels be the cause of my burning sensation near the tip of my urethra or under the glans? does herpes have pain for a few hrs and no pain for a few hrs? cant seem to pin point where the actual pain is coming from. Is this contact dermatitis or allergic? also the glans of my penis seem to be pretty red, or from what i see but my doctors say im fine. please help me, its driving me insane. just to add, i didnt have flu symptoms, no initial out break ever or so i recall, maybe a pimple or two in my pubic hair area, which actually looked like a pimple and went away in a week. i was cold but not to the point where i was shivering, i guess its due to my anxiety and stress and i check my penis like every day or so, did have back pain in my buttocks and behind my knee, but i sit in this cross leg position dont want to be sexist but how usually women sit with there legs crossed, for hrs. also no blisters or sores other than that one abrasion which healed up and never came back and broken blood vessels that look like red dots examined by the doctor, i mean its tiny tiny purple dots. Sorry, one more thing i also did a urethra swab but apparently the doctor who did it, said it was the wrong one after a few days, but by then i didnt have symptoms since the doxcy cleared it up. that urethra swab was extremely painful and pee that came afterwards was nothing ive felt before. it was worse than breaking your collar bone. Male in my late 20s. thanks guys!
  18. I contracted GHSV1 from an ex over a year ago. I haven't had an outbreak since the first one. My doctor told me the first year is usually the worst & prescribed me Valtrex 500mg, which I take, but not consistently everyday...I have missed at least a week. Especially since I do not have outbreaks, or have sex I just choose not to take it every day. So here is my problem, and I feel really terrible. I've been dating this guy who works in the medical field...we had a discussion about herpes one day, and he said it wasn't a big deal to him. That would've been the perfect opportunity to tell him, but I was scared. So fast forward I spent the night at his place...one thing lead to another we ended up having sex. He got up to grab a condom, but I didn't find out until after he was done that he decided not to put the condom on. Then afterwards he says ", You better be good, because I just got tested and everything was negative." Which is true, minus herpes because his doctors have never tested him for it. So its been on my mind ever since, and I don't know how to tell him I have HSV1. I'm such an idiot..I should know better. I thought he put the condom on, and that just makes everything much worse.
  19. After recently getting the silent treatment after disclosing to a potential new partner, again, I did a lot of thinking and have come up with an idea to create a way to disclose, educate, and hopefully help break the stigma of ghsv1. I would LOVE some input and suggestions on this project. This wouldn't necessarily be a way out of the talk, but more of an aid. We forget things or don't have all the information or maybe the person wants more information. That's what this is for. I am a web developer. I want to create an engaging and informative site that can be used to help people disclose and/or help inform new partners. Obviously, this has to be done in a way that is not overwhelming to the user and gives them information from reputable sources. There's a bonus in doing this. I can track where people are leaving the website, how many pages they view, and other statistics about how people are using it. This would help us gain better insight into how people view this topic as well as how the website performs. And I would be more than happy to share the data excluding any personal data that may be collected. So, my question is: Do you feel like this would be beneficial to you? Would you use it? And what would you like to see/say about dating and ghsv1? Any thoughts any suggestions are welcome. Please leave a message even if you think it's a waste or time or stupid.
  20. cracked


    Hey everyone. I’ve read a lot of posts and have talked to some people from the forums who suffer in various ways from this virus. I’ve also heard the term ‘neuralgia’ being thrown around in posts, but have yet to figure out what kind of pain and its origin is for all the people that said they experience it. Please do me a favor and comment below about your experience with it and where it causes you problems and what kind of pain is it exactly? This might help some other newer members also understand. Thanks.
  21. Trial and potential vaccine sale information Click on the link below for the full article Rational Vaccines: A case study in pharma deregulation. As the debate picks up steam in Washington, Rational Vaccines is fast-tracking its live attenuated vaccine for the herpes simplex virus (HSV) to the market — wherever that may be. Enrollment will soon begin for trials in Mexico and the Caribbean, following a single Phase 1 study of 20 patients in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis. “Mexico has about a four-to-five year window for sales if the trials go as we think they’ll go,” Fernandez said in a recent phone interview. “We’re doing trials in the Caribbean as well and we’ve been approved for sale in a couple of jurisdictions in the Caribbean.” The move is less about rebelling against the FDA and more about getting to patients as soon as possible, Fernandez said. The U.S. won’t be ignored, but it’s a much longer path-to-market. http://medcitynews.com/2017/03/rational-vaccines-pharma-deregulation/
  22. Genusflower

    Does Ghsv1 leave scares

    I was diagnosed with GHSV1 about 2 weeks ago. The others is gone but I now have white scar looking things where the blisters were. Is this normal? Is this another outbreak?
  23. SmithM

    Not sure how to proceed....

    I found out about a month ago that my new husband has "Genital Herpes" (he doesn't know if its type 1 or 2). He didn't disclose .... despite me asking point-blank 3 times .... and we have been having unprotected sex for 13 months. After learning of his diagnosis, I read everything I could to try to learn. I read that the risk of transmission was lessened if my husband wore condoms and took antivirals. But we had already had unprotected sex for over a year ... so if I already had it, no point in all that. I went to my doctor to be tested and he knew less than I did ... even said that there was no test for herpes. I asked for a IgG antibody test for 1 and 2. The results are in a screenshot below. Type 2 was definitely negative but type 1 was 1.09 ... which says Equivocal. Does this mean that I have it or not?? I'm thinking that he has type 1 of the genitals because he says he's had it over 30 years and only has a mild outbreak once every year or two. He was married twice prior to me (once for 13 years and once for 5 years) and didn't tell either of his previous wives. He says that they never developed symptoms. My husband wants to resume our sex life. I want to avoid genital herpes if possible. I think my husband should be tested to see if he has type 1 or 2. If its 2, he should then take antivirals and wear condoms to lessen risk of transmission to me. Right?
  24. a little over 3 years ago I was dating and living away from my home town with an ex bf (I am female) and started experiencing some very uncomfortable symptoms down there which i thought was an intense yeast infection or bacteria infection. Since my OBGYN was 3 hours away in my home town, I went to a local urgent care. The physician at the urgent care gave me a visual diagnosis of genital herpes and took a swab for testing. I was completely destroyed, suicidal, and believed my life would never be the same. In the next week while I waited for my results, I started telling friends and family about this recent traumatic diagnosis and was relieved to find out how common it really is! Then my test results came back and they were negative for all strands of herpes! I felt this huge weight lifted off my shoulder and was told the visual diagnosis was maybe not accurate and to keep an eye on things. Well, 6 months later I broke up with the guy i was with and moved back to my home town and saw my OBGYN. I decided to do a blood test at her office and the results showed I was positive for HSV 1. My obgyn said that my situation was still likely herpes but she couldn’t confirm. Since both of my parents have oral HSV 1 (cold sores) Theres a change that maybe I contracted the virus from them a long time ago and it was laying dormant. I tried to let go of this trauma and continue living as if it had never happened because the 7 days that I thought I had genital herpes was a dark time. Fast forward three years, I have not had one outbreak or anything. I’ve had 2 new partners (short term) since 2015 and I chose not to disclose and nothing happened and I just really believed the thing that happened in 2015 was not an outbreak. Now, I just started dating a guy who I’ve had a huge crush on for a while and who i see a real potential future with. We slept together once last summer unprotected and I just saw him again about 2 weeks ago and we had unprotected sex. Well, about 4 days ago I started having some uncomfortable symptoms down there and couldn’t figure out what it was (I thought a hemrroid bc it’s not on my actual genitals or butt but rather in between). Well I took a clear pic on my phone with flash so that I could zoom in/investigate and it is definitely herpes. I can’t believe it and all of these feelings I thought I’d never feeel again are back. Most importantly and why I am here is to inquire about how to go about telling the new guy? I want to tell him and I also know I have to but how? I feel so ashamed and I’ve been reading forums all day for advice but felt it was time to post my full story for some input. I want to tell him pretty much everything I wrote in this post and also convey that I never wanted to hurt him or put him in a risky situation. I just feel terrible and plus the guy and I are long distance and I’m afriad that once I tell him I’ll truly never see him again. I still to this day don’t know who I got genital herpes from and I just feel so worthless because of it. Any advice would be so appreciated, thank you
  25. Hi all, A week ago I was diagnosed with GHSV-1 as I got my first outbreak. I've been taking Vaclovir 500mg 2 tablets twice a day for 8 days. I'd love to hear about other ladies first outbreak and something I suppose to put my mind at ease... I got mine on the inside, just in the vagina. I've read all of the side affects you can get like flu and things and I've had not many of those. But the symptoms still around are a weird tingly/burny feeling not actually on my sores but on the top of my pubic area... and the sores, which don't burn or hurt at all anymore. I know it's only been 8 days but it feels like they are never going to disappear. Especially since I don't feel any pain down where the sores are. Is this normal? Does it mean they're healing or just not popping? Is it possible for sores to never go away or stay for a very very long period of time? Does anyone have tips or tricks for faster healing? I've been taking vitamins and tried putting coconut oil on my sores today. Sorry for the long message, just still trying to process it and every day I see the sores still there I get more upset about it. Any advice, stories and tips anyone has would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you
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