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  1. Has anyone else experienced the painful tingling sensation (not to be confused with hyperaesthesia/ skin sensitivity) outside of the localized area of where they typically get their outbreak? I'm a woman. Have had genital herpes for about 8+ years. The most frustrating symptom for me has been the above. I don't often get blister outbreaks. And when I do it doesn't present like the Google image searches - blistering clusters. I get one very small sort of barely perceptible raise in skin that barely hurts. My most persistent "symptom" of my HSV 2 diagnosis has been that painful tingling EVERYWHERE. This is something I've only ever noticed after my first outbreak - having experienced that same exact sensation then. Shortly after it started happening everywhere. Not just the labia area. I experience isolated painful stabbing throbbing in my ears, fingers, chest, nose, arms, fingers, back, legs, stomach... literally anywhere. It happens for 2-6 days every 2-3 months or so. I've complained about this to my GP, Ob/Gyn... even a infectious diseases specialist. As you can imagine it's annoying, it hurts, it's depressing, am I contagious when this happens... lots of questions. All of the HCPs I've visited seem totally ignorant to the various symptoms of a herpes infection outside of "outbreaks" and "well I hear sometimes ppl have skin sensitivities and tingling in the infected area." I'm just very frustrated. What I'm experiencing seems to be common enough. Granted everyone experiences every disease differently, but again this seems common enough that their should be a subject matter expert on it.. somewhere???? Could you refer any specialists/researchers? Daily anti-virals don't seem to stave off that tingling. Or if you think what I'm experiencing has zero to do with herpes... interesting, since it only started after herpes and feels just like that tingling, but I would like to know what you think too! lol Sincerely, Frustrated by this disease no one seems to take seriously but yet everyone is scared of
  2. Sanguine108 believed in St John's wort combo therapy and I was looking for elements/actions that would give me everything to punch HSV2 from many angles and give me- 1. body that was alkaline since hsv loves an acid anaerobic environment. Apple cider vinegar or lemon/lime water minus an overload of carbs. Possibly Keto like Bethany. Fulvic Acid (thanks JxC) to keep it alkaline and get the much-needed minerals entering at a cellular level. 2. To build the immune system, I was short on DHEA. I will probably look into boosting immune system with the correct amount of vitamin A, B complex, E, zinc picolinate /quality zinc do not ingest zinc oxide, Iodine, extra vitamin D, 4000iu , extra Vit C possible liposomal ( or make your own because liposomal C and glutathione is so pricey) unless you take it to bowel tolerance, minerals like boron, magnesium citrate, (unless you want the Hershey squirts) Ashwagandha powder (1t) to get the thyroid humming perfectly, and Glutathione immunity booster, it is involved all our cells and our number one antioxidant. Take them as directed more is not better especially vit A 9 ways to boost glutathione https://draxe.com/glutathione/ 3. dissolving the lipid coating of HSV 2 with St. John's wort and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), an FDA-approved food preservative - I have only been using it for a week. Book -http://www.projectwellbeing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/BHTbook-StevenWmFowkes-100903.pdf less than a gram/1000mg (more is not better) because it is less expensive or a combo of Brand-Lauricidin/ monolaurin on a lower dose because it is costly. https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/ask-the-doctor/herpes/ ... "Regarding the natural treatment of herpes infection, we can take advantage of the characteristics of the virus to impact its tendency to erupt. Since the virus is essentially a piece of DNA surrounded by a fatty layer, if we target this aspect we can largely “disable” the virus. Luckily, we have two substances which are known to target this tendency of the virus. First, the herb Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St. John’s wort, contains a chemical called hypericin. It is hypericin that gives the red color to the oil glands in the leaves, and it is hypericin that selectively targets the lipid capsule of viruses. For centuries, physicians have valued St. John’s wort as a nervine, meaning a medicine that targets the nervous system. Thus practitioners have traditionally used St. John’s wort to treat depression and toothache. Remember that the nervous system consists largely of cells with fatty coatings, similar to the encapsulated viruses. The plant in its wisdom contains the active chemical hypericin in an oily base, and because oil only dissolves in oil, it penetrates the oily tissues of the body, that is, the nerve cells, where hypericin then dissolves the lipid coating of the virus. (wow, heavy claim) I generally prefer Mediherb herbal products because of their potency. The dose is two tablets twice per day, even for the very long term. I did not get that exact brand. The second characteristic takes advantage of the virus-disabling effect of lauric acid, the 12-carbon fatty acid found in breast milk fat and in coconut oil. Thanks to the work of Mary Enig, readers of this journal are familiar with the anti-microbial benefits of lauric acid and other short- and medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil. During digestion, the body breaks triglycerides (three fatty acids joined to a glycerol molecule) into di-glycerides (two fatty acids joined to a glycerol molecule), monoglycerides (one fatty acid joined to a glycerol molecule) and free fatty acids. It is the monoglycerol of lauric acid, called monolaurin, that has the strongest anti-microbial effects. For years, I counseled my herpes patients to eat as much coconut oil, as they could stomach. However, in the past year, I discovered a product called Lauricidin, which is a concentrate or pure form of monolaurin. One dose of Brand name -Lauricidin is the equivalent of taking many tablespoons of coconut oil per day, a practice most people find intolerable. I have been consistently impressed with the ability of Lauricidin to suppress herpes outbreaks, not to mention yeast problems like candida (monolaurin is also a potent anti-fungal agent), and allow people to get off their antiviral drugs. It is a safe extract, which can be taken long term. The usual dose to suppress the herpes is about 1/2 to 1 scoop, one to three times per day. It should be swallowed, not chewed, and always taken with some food. The dose should be increased slowly as tolerated and as gauged by its effectiveness. In addition, we must pay attention to the overall microbial content of our bodies, as we know that good bacteria actually synthesize antiviral substances. For most, this will mean following a nourishing traditional diet containing a variety of lacto-fermented foods; for others, a temporary GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet may be needed. The fermented cod liver oil is important at the dose of at least one-half teaspoon per day. With this regimen, most of my patients have been able to avoid both the conventional antiviral drugs and the painful symptoms of genital herpes..." ... 4. Reducing inflammation with turmeric/ curcumin and delivering oxygen to the system since HSV is anaerobic (without oxygen) Just like cancer. I like Fulvic acid; MSM and MMS, the two are very different- please follow the directions to the T and don't use with antioxidants or they will not work unless you take them apart!! don't use all these together. They have some of the same actions. 5. Sleep 8 hours in a dark room or mask the eyes so you able to manufacture melatonin and put the stress hormone to sleep while you sleep with Phosphatidylserine especially if you grind your teeth or can't sleep. 6. reduce stress by exercising (but not overdoing it) ...you fill in the blank. I use fluoxetine for sugar cravings and anxiety. 5 and 6 should really be 1. and 2. because nothing kills immunity like stress, sugar, and lack of sleep!!! thank you Cracked. 7. L-arginine L- lysine balance in foods. If you eat/drink foods high in arginine, take some lysine! ETA: I am experimenting with BHT butylated hydroxytoluene loved the book and reviews! ( don't take high levels) Unfortunately, I have family members who have had cancer and I really have a lot of work to do until I get in the habit. I can't just do a few things and get away with it! I don't know if I can do it all, but I really love the results that FeelingNormalAgain has and I also want a functional cure! Cancer victims work very hard on their protocol and I unfortunately need more effort in mine! If you actually got this far you are tenacious! I am going to a natural practitioner and they will be evaluating my blood under a microscope to look for inflammation, and how active my T cells are which will give them a picture of my immunity. There is one thing for sure, I can take all the lipid dissolving BHT St John's wort or monolaurin I want, but if my T-cells are not active enough to kill the HSV2 I will get outbreaks! Please feel free to add any links or tips! Many substances have the same actions and are just as good! They will also be evaluating my stress levels via inflammation (it looks like little hairs under a microscope.) I trust Dr. Axe, Dr. Mercola, and doctors in the Holtorf organization.
  3. As discussed many times here, there is an article about reinfection. Maybe the old hsv info is going to change as per reality, finally. https://www.verywell.com/concurrent-oral-herpes-and-genital-herpes-infection-3132939 Despite knowing this, many people wonder if it's possible to be infected twice with the same type of herpes virus. They want to know if having a herpes oral infection caused by HSV-1 means they're protected from an HSV-1 herpes genital infections. Unfortunately, it doesn't. In short, cold sores don't protect against genital herpes. That's why it's very important to practice safe oral sex. This is particularly true if you have a partner with cold sores. However, many people have unrecognized herpes infections. Therefore, using barriers for oral sex is a good idea in general.
  4. 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!
  5. My girlfriend and me, are HSV 2. 6 months I have been positive. My girlfriend 8 months. We both have IGG positive hsv 2 and have a month of relationship. My only symptoms are itching attacks every 3-4 weeks, I donthave sores, vesicles, or ulcers. She has itching attacks and sometimes mild discharge every month. Our question is, having sex without a condom can make the virus get stronger by mixing genetic material in each contact. Or can it make the tables worse? What is symptomatic? Thanks
  6. Since May I have been taking Valtrex. At first it was 500mg once a day then it increased to 1000mg once a day in June after frequent outbreaks persisted. I've had a total of 9 outbreaks since May and was diagnosed with hsv2 in March of this year. The past three weeks I've had severe dizziness, especially when lying down and getting up in the mornings. Today my doctor suggested taking acyclovir 400mg twice a day. Has anyone switched from acyclovir to valtrex and experienced better results/less breakouts?
  7. Emmie17

    Is this hsv on my legs?

    I was diagnosed as HSV 2 and have had more skin issues all over my body than the genitals- recently drank wine and now this is what my legs look like...I was outside. Is this bug bites or a horrible outbreak caused by wine? It won’t let me load the picture of my legs has anyone had random hive like outbreaks all over their body ?
  8. Hi guys, so I’m relatively new to this site and to the Herpes virus itself. I was just diagnosed with HSV-2 about 3 weeks ago and suffered from an excruciating primary outbreak. I was in so much pain and had no idea how to manage it or my symptoms, aside from taking my prescribed antivirals. I couldn’t walk for days, instead I waddled around my house like a pregnant woman. It was so painful to pee I would literally sob and pace in front of my bathroom for 20mins before I got the courage to even sit on the toilet. I was miserable and the only comfort I found was in prescription pain meds. I searched everywhere online for ways to speed up the healing process and relieve my symptoms before I went insane. I found very little, just a few tips on how not to scratch your sores and wear cotton underwear. Annoyingly unhelpful tips. It took a bit of trial and error, reading dozens of medical articles on Herpes and the biology of ulcerated cold sores, but I finally figured out a regimen that healed my sores (and restored my sanity) in about 4 days. So, I’m sharing this in hopes it will help someone suffering from their first outbreak of genital herpes. I’m not a medical professional, this is just what worked for me. I consulted my doctor before trying any of this and she confirmed it all to be safe. First, and this may seem obvious, but stop shaving/waxing. Let it grow, it’s okay. And go commando as often as you can. I didn’t wear panties for a week. It was actually pretty liberating. Go to your local Walgreens and buy a couple boxes of the Aveeno active naturals soothing bath treatment with 100% natural colloidal oatmeal. Mix a packet of this stuff in a hot bath and soak. Make the water as hot as you can stand it. I would soak for an hour a day, twice a day. This soothes the inflammation and itchiness like nothing else. It also cleanses and moisturizes your skin so, ya know, win-win. Also, whenever I had to pee (I would wait until my bladder was about to explode) I would fill up the tub with again the hottest water I could stand and kneel in it, don’t squat. Then I’d pee. Instant relief. First time I tried it, I bit down on a hand towel just in case I needed to scream. Just a precaution if you have nervous neighbors. I washed my genital area with only Dove’s sensitive skin body wash. The bar soap works fine as well. Use a baby washcloth (they’re softer) and gently wash every part of your vaginal area. Between your labia, sides of the vulva, vaginal opening, perineum, and between your cheeks. Rinse and repeat as needed. This cut down on my discharge and deminished the smell as well. It’s a gentle formula with no dyes, fragrances, or sulfates and it’s hypoallergenic so it won’t further irritate your already pissed off skin. Now this was the game changer. You need to disinfect the area to help your sores heal. Listen. Hydrogen peroxide and 10% povidone-iodine. I read in a medical article that this healed genital cold sores faster than acyclovir cream, which just set my labia on fire. I would take about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix equal parts of warm water to dilute. Make sure the water is warm, you’ll love it. Take a cotton pad and saturate it well, then dab away. I had sores on the sides of my labia, around my clitoris, and along my perineum so I concentrated my dabbing on these areas. Do this a few times, then let it air dry. Then I would take a q-tip dipped in the solution, place it on a sore, and rotate it. This helped with lifting that nasty, pus-filled core out of the sore. But do it gently. After that, I would pretty much do the same thing with the iodine. Iodine is an amazing antiseptic so use it generously. I would apply about 3 layers and let it air dry. Be carefu because it will stain surfaces and skin. I used a glove when applying. You can get all this stuff from your local pharmacy or Walmart, Target, etc. When I started this regimen, it only took 3 days for all of my sores to lose their gross centers and become pink and healthy looking. By the 4th day, I had no more soreness, no discharge, no itchiness, and my sores had almost closed completely. And of course I was taking my antivirals twice a day as prescribed. I know it’s not much, but it really did make a difference in my healing process. After about 8-9 days of doing this every day, twice a day, including the baths, all of the infected skin had healed and my culture swabs came back clean. I am now on suppressive antivirals, but I only take them when I feel that horrible tingle and itch (which is not often). After speaking with my doctor about natural ways to manage the virus, I got in touch with a local herbalist who pointed me in the direction of a number of herbal supplements that hinder the intensity of the virus on your system. I am taking L-lysine tablets twice a day, 1000mg, and Astragalus capsules, also twice a day, 1000mg. If you’d like to go the natural route with managing/preventing your outbreaks I would definitely recommend these. Sorry for the length, but I hope this helps! - A
  9. As discussed many times here, there is an article about reinfection. Maybe the old hsv info is going to change as per reality, finally. https://www.verywell.com/concurrent-oral-herpes-and-genital-herpes-infection-3132939 From the text: Despite knowing this, many people wonder if it's possible to be infected twice with the same type of herpes virus. They want to know if having a herpes oral infection caused by HSV-1 means they're protected from an HSV-1 herpes genital infections. Unfortunately, it doesn't. In short, cold sores don't protect against genital herpes. That's why it's very important to practice safe oral sex. This is particularly true if you have a partner with cold sores. However, many people have unrecognized herpes infections. Therefore, using barriers for oral sex is a good idea in general.
  10. Research goes on in China too. Happy to see that. http://english.cas.cn/newsroom/research_news/201711/t20171108_185823.shtml In a present study led by Prof. WANG Hualin in Wuhan Institute of Virology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the scientists found a novel monoclonal antibody (mAb), m27f, targeting to glycoprotein D (gD) of HSV-2, which also has cross-reactivity against HSV-1 gD. These finding will enrich the HSV glycoprotein D-specific neutralizing antibodies and will facilitate the development of vaccine design or novel therapeutic strategies.
  11. Hello, I have a technical question regarding any vaccine in development (and hopefully available one day). If it is therapeutic vaccine for hsv 2 and I take it (I have ghsv 1) or if hsv negative person takes prophylactic hsv 2 vaccine, will we get positive blood test result (igg) for hsv 2 as this test is based on antibodies? If so, then I would be falsely positive for hsv 2 and persons who would take prophylactic wouldn't know if they get infected or if it's just vax result (and then how to determine if preventive vaccine works?). If anyone can answer please. I hope it's not silly question. Thank you.
  12. I recently got diagnosed about 5 months ago after I got an Std screen along with my Skyla implant. I got the positive HSV2 results of 5.8 IgG days after the implant and the very next day I started getting intense prodome symptoms when I had never had any sort of symptoms ever before and had no idea I was even infected because my previous STD screen 3 months prior was 100% clean. I had very strong numbness and tingling and sometimes burning or pinching in my groin, inner thighs, buttocks, and sometimes down the back of my legs that lasted for around 20 days even after my gynecologist prescribed me a 10 day supply of 2x daily 1000 mg Valtrex that brought little relief. The symptoms eventually subsided, but since then there are about 2 weeks a month that I experience the same symtoms that vary in intensity, starting a week or so before my period and ending a week or so after. I have never had any evidence of a lesion and check very frequently, but the prodrome symptoms are becoming unmanageable and even with Valtrex and some past Neurontin that I had been prescribed for back pain, I am hardly getting relief. Has this happened to anyone else? Could it have been the Skyla that triggered the virus out of dormancy and is keeping it active around the time of my period when progesterone peaks? I have read that progesterone can sometimes trigger outbreaks and am wondering if it would beneficial to get the Skyla taken out and see if the symptoms lessen. Does anyone else have constant prodome symptoms without ever having an outbreak? And how else can I treat the symtoms when neither Valtrex of Neurontin is really helping? Any advice or insight would be appreciated I feel like I'm going insane.
  13. MoniqueLow


    Hi all, FYI one more vax to hope for: http://www.vical.com/investors/news-releases/News-Release-Details/2017/Vical-Reports-Second-Quarter-2017-Financial-and-Operational-Results/default.aspx Phase 2 is going on right now, patients have been vaccineted and are going to be tested and observed for 12 months. Results should be released 2nd quarter of 2018. Fingers crossed.
  14. I am writing this as I am wondering how many of you have been diagnosed with HSV 2 and not had a new partner for at least 3 years? I keep hearing this stuff about how it can lay dormant, but I am not convinced? I have had the same sexual partner for 6 years and his blood tests (Igg) came back negative after my first outbreak last month and my positive HSV2 swab test. I have had tingling in my genital area on and off for about a year now maybe 18 months which suggests I may have had this for at least 18months, but definitely nothing when I met or in the first few years with my partner. I have never witnessed any ulcers/sores in my genital area before. My partner is adamant that he has not had any other sexual encounters, and as we have been together for 5 years. I would think that if I had it all that time and we had a lot of sex believe me, then why is he negative and I am positive? I read that it is harder for a man to catch off of a woman but I find 5 years hard to fathom out why he has tested negative unless he was recently infected. I have been told by health care professionals that this virus can lay dormant for years, but I cannot find any real statistics for people who have been recently diagnosed but know that they have not had a new or even had a sexual partner prior to their infection? Have any of you had a diagnosis that you are shocked by because of your long term relationship or because you have not had sexual contact for a couple of years? I know that we are advised that you cannot catch this off of toilet seats, however if you use a toilet straight after somebody with an outbreak, like 1 or 2 minutes how do we know you cannot catch it. I cant find evidence that suggests it dies immediately only quickly? So many of us live with this in the 21st century and I am really finding it hard to understand how it could lay dormant for so long? If you like me have not had a new recent partner then please let me know, I would love to hear from you.
  15. My ex had a blood text at my request. He says that he was exposed and has antibodies because of that but does not have Herpes. Is that possible?One interesting thing is that he said that he was exposed for HSV 1 and I know for a fact that I don't have HSV 1. I has not been willing to show me the results. Also I had what I believe to be my first outbreak. It was pretty severe. It's been 8 weeks since it started and my pain is just stating to get better. just left completely and I did a blood test. My HSV antibodies came back at 5.1 levels. Does that mean that I was previously enfected or it could have been I was just infected and because of my major outbreak, they build up quicly. The one thing that confuses my is that aI have had back problems for years now but I've had back problems for years. Last summer I had a strange numbness down my left legs and my calf started to hurt. It could have been from my lower back but is was kind of strange. I wonder if it was just my back or if I had been infected then and just got this massive outbreak now.
  16. Kelly24

    My Story

    Here's my story, I know it's long but I felt the need to share it In May 2015, I woke up in the morning with what looked like a gross bug bite on my right upper outer thigh. Little tiny bumps clustered together in a form the size of a quarter. I thought immediately it was a spider bite. In fact I called my older sister to chit chat and mentioned to her my bizarre bug bite, and that it looked like "a spider took revenge on me". As the the rest of the day went on, the bumps started to grow and by night time they all formed together to form one large blister. That's when I started to get worried. I thought I was bitten by a brown recluse or a poisonous spider. Never did I think Herpes could be a possible diagnosis. At this time I was studying to take my board exam, so naturally I was under a lot of stress, sleep deprived etc. I called my parents and sister and showed them pictures of this blister on my leg. They told me to watch it and check back in the morning. The next morning the blister had grown and it was sort of itchy. By that time I was in full panic. I decided to call the doctor... I had free health care and had to go to the only available clinic in my city. I saw the Doctor and they had n no idea of what was happening. She said it looked like a skin irritation. She prescribed me antibiotics and sent me on my way. I didn't feel good about her diagnosis, and being in the health care field along with other members of my family, we needed more answers. So I went to the ER, after waiting for 2 1/2 hours I was seen. Again the Nurse and Doctor on duty had no idea what was going on, so they prescribed me an antiviral and an antibiotic... None of which I took, knowing that I still didn't get a clear answer and I don't want to bombard my body with a bunch of medications. So the next day I went back to the free clinic hoping to get a referral for a dermatologist because the blister seemed to be getting worse. Thankfully I got a referral. The next day I got an appointment. I showed my blister to the Derm. and she immediately said "yes thats herpes". I broke down in tears, fearing the worst. She looked at me like I was crazy, and said "oh no sweetie not genital herpes. Its just a cold sore on your thigh". I asked her how someone contracts a cold-sore on the thigh? She continued to tell me that you can contract it from sitting on a toilet seat... A TOILET SEAT! If I knew then what I know now, I probably would laughed in her face and walked out, but I knew nothing about about Herpes at that time. Not to mentioned she took one look at the lesions and came up with that diagnosis... literally 5 seconds. So I left her office feeling very disheartened and completely a wreck especially with the last couple days I endured. I still did not have a clear answer of what was wrong with. Could this really be a cold sore? Can that type of thing show up on the outer thigh? So to make a long story short, I thought I had some skin infection, it healed with a week or so and I went on with life, not thinking twice about what was really happening with my health. Almost a year to the day, after a vacation in the sun with booze and little sleep, I felt a little bump in the same spot. The next day blisters formed in a little cluster and it was very painful around the lesion site. Still I shied away from the thought of a herpes infection... stupid I know. But because it was on my outer thigh I didn't think it could be herpes. Well whatever it was healed within a week, and I started dating someone. Within about a month of dating, we got pretty serious. He went on a trip and during that time I had a lot of pain in that same leg and eventually blisters started to form again. Thats when I knew that I most likely had herpes and I had to get tested right away. So I got a blood test, I prayed and pleaded that the tests would come back negative or I would only test positive for HSV-1... And unfortunately my test results were positive for HSV 2 and Negative for HSV 1. I showed high levels of the antibody for HSV 2 so there was no denying it, I had genital herpes... on my outer thigh. The pain, anger, fright, sadness, and every horrible feeling you could imagine came over me. And to make everything so much worse, I could have given it to someone I cared about and wanted to be with. And if that wasn't bad enough I had to tell him about it. He got back from his trip, and I told him right away. I said I would never do anything to hurt you, or cause you harm and I am SOOO sorry for everything. Thankfully he was very calm about everything. He got tested the next day. He was negative... "Thank God", I thought. He also told me that he still wanted to date me. Unfortunately I think he got cold feet and decided this diagnosis was a deal breaker for him, so we broke up. Although it was sad losing him, especially knowing that he most likely ended it due to my HSV 2 diagnosis, I wasn't discouraged. Telling him I had herpes and being COMPLETELY honest with him about it was the scariest and most uncomfortable thing I've ever done. But it was also the most bravest thing I've ever done. If I had the strength to do that, then I can conquer anything. In hindsight, its almost better having to tell someone something like this, because in order to get close or intimate with someone, I have to tell them about my HSV 2 and I would only share this secret with someone I really trust and really care about. Someone I see a future with. It causes me to be far more picky with potential partners. And that's a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I still get discouraged and depressed, and life is far more difficult now than before my diagnosis. I still get sad, I still get angry, I still get embarrassed. But life is too short to feel as if I'm doomed to walk alone forever. In fact I know its not true. Even though I have herpes, I still deserve the same happiness as anyone with or without this virus. I know it's possible to have complete happiness. When I told my parents about having herpes, one of my parents told me they've had genital herpes since their early 20's, and they have never spread it to my other parent in the 30 years they've been together. I was shocked with this info, but it did make me feel a little better. It made me realize that you can have a healthy relationship, a family, or whatever else your heart desires! Life is precious, no matter your diagnosis!
  17. Hello, About 6 months ago I went to a doctor because I had a couple of small, flat canker like sores in my mouth and on my tongue, which I've had before (never had a blister on my lip to my recollection), which coincided with one small flat "canker" like sore on my genitals (I'm a woman so I couldn't see it, but felt is and it was completely flat - not raised like a blister). I had IGM and IGG tests done (I know IGG are the ones to count). I am unsure how to interpret the results though - the first doctor said he thought the IGG was negative (the values below are shown as fractions as opposed to a ratio), and also you can see that my results are the only thing written in red, and the word 'negative' is written above the values in red too. I got a second interpretation from an infectious disease specialist and she thought the results "seemed to indicate" both HSV1 and 2, but she added that the description of my symptoms were not "typical" for herpes. So here I am about ready to disclose to a new person I have been dating, and I went back to look at my results and read the word 'negative' in red and it has sent me into a tailspin of doubt and anxiety... I've also been reading online tonight that there are other causes of 'aphthous' ulcers on the genitals, and something called 'non-sexually acquired genital ulcers" that often coincide with oral ulcers. I was also tested for Bechet's disease and results were definitely negative there. I don't want false hope, but can anyone tell me if the results below could be negative for HSV2 in particular? Could it be a false positive given I supposedly also have HSV1 and there can be cross-reactivity? Any help would be much appreciated. My results are below: Result
s: Negative Negative (Ref limit) HSV I, IgG, Serum 1/80 Titre < 1/40 HSV I, IgM, Serum <1/10 Titre < 1/10 HSV II, IgG, Serum 1/80 Titre < 1/40 HSV II, IgM, Serum <1/10 Titre 1/10 I am also confused about the fraction, because if read as fractions, 1/80 is LESS than 1/40. Very confused, and then the word negative written in red!
  18. Hey just signed up, new diagnosis, and pissed from head to toe. I have a severe allergy to most antibiotics so I have always been extremely careful about testing, and then this happens to me. I have PCOS, hirsutism suppurativa, and Endometriosis so its not like there wasnt already enough wrong with my vagina to keep me busy for the rest of my life but then this had to to happen to me, the most careful person I know. My test came back positive 2 days ago, my previous test in mid April, exactly 4 months ago, was clean. Now I went on a google spree immediately after my diagnosis and read that it can take 12-16 weeks for the antibodies they test against for the blood test (I have no physical symptoms) to show up so based on the time frame it could have only been 4 people and 2 have already eliminated themselves with clean tests. I'm waiting for 2 more people to get tested but 1 is much more likely than the other because his most recent test was November, right after getting out of a messy relationship. After that he only had sex with 2 other people myself included, but because he took that test so soon after getting out of that it's possible that if he didn't have any physical symptoms he could have been infected and just not known. The other is still a possibility but he has a clean test from the end of march when we first started having sex (I actually wouldn't touch him until he showed me a recent test) and a clean one from mid june. Now going by the 12-16 weeks thing his girl like right before me still could have given it to him but the other just seems like a more realistic scenario. That and I would be absolutely 0% surprised if it was this guys ex who was my patient 0, she was that "I'll kill myself if you break up with me" special kind of crazy. The past 2 days I've been informing everyone I have been at all intimate with (luckily you cant pass on HSV2 by blowing a dude, and I dont have HSV1) and covering all my bases but... this is hard. I don't know where to go from figuring out the source and I don't know how to handle my current partner. I informed him within the hour of me finding out but I feel awful because I'd spent the night at his house the night before. SO thats a great morning after text to get. Bottom line is, I'm fucking pissed to the bone. I have always been extremely careful and I didn't deserve this and my current partner sure as hell didnt deserve this and if I got him infected I will literally never forgive myself. I just... where do I go from here? I can't even think about tackling another medical issue right now and all i can think is that if another freak fucking medical issue pops up it better be fatal because I can't keep living waiting for something else to go wrong with my body. Im trying to keep Captain Picards words of wisdom in mind http://i.imgur.com/naSBSMR.jpg and will probably spend the next few days holed up watching my favorite star trek series while coming to term with the new facts of my life. Im going to schedule a sooner meeting with my psychiatrist so I can talk to an extra person about this and my destructive thoughts. I've already spoken to my inner circle of friends and my mother and I have a support system ready i just... I cant shake the feeling that my life is over. I just can't keep doing this.
  19. Hi everyone, Just wanted to share my situation/predicament. I'm hoping for some advice or feedback. I'll try to make a long story short.. I'm a 33 year old guy. About 3 years ago I caught oral hsv 1(cold sores) from some one. I had a pretty rough time accepting it, and I got one every month or so for a long time. The doctor put me on valacylovir for six months which helped, and I started eating really healthy and getting more sleep. they're getting less frequent now, but its only been 4 months since my last 1, and that feels like a long time. 2 years ago I started dating a girl, I was always careful with the cold sores. About 7 months into the relationship I was getting thoughts that she wasn't the one for me and I wanted to break up. But I didn't go through with it at the time, and then busy life "stuff" happened and months just rolled on by. In a way that was slightly forced upon me, she moved in with me. I would periodically think about how we have to break up, but never did it. Then, just over a year of being together, we found a blister on her vagina. I was devastated and felt I couldn't leave her like that. I researched hsv 1 genital a lot and decided to stay with her for a year to get her through it, and show her that sex and everything was ok, and that she might have 1 or 2 outbreaks then never again. But we started using condoms from then on. I should mention here that her English is not 100%, its not very very bad but alot of it is broken English and there's ALOT she doesn't understand, which is a very big part of the reason I want to break up. Also, she doesn't have much knowledge of STD's and she doesn't know the stigma of herpes... Around 1 month ago we found more blisters on here vagina. I decided the correct thing to do was get it confirmed at the doctor. I went with her and she got it swabbed. Then a week later we went for the results and she said it was hsv 2, and my heart sank. When we got home I decided to not freak out in front of her. I just played it down saying it was not ideal but it will get better with time and all that. I was sure that it was from me and that I was asymptomatic. So I went and got tested and it turns out that I'm negative. I was shocked because we'd had unprotected sex for over a year. I want to run away now but I can't just leave her like that. She's Asian and likes western guys so anyone she meets would know the stigma, I just hate the thought of her being rejected because of it, and she would be slowly introduced to it's stigma. I've said she should take suppressive therapy, I feel like the right thing to do would be to continue the relationship for a few months and then use one of the other reasons to break up so she would be let down easier, but I'm scared I'll catch it.....I've thought about it, and I think I would be with a girl who has it, if I thought they were going to be my life partner.....And the other thing is, I may have caught it already in the last 3 months, and we had sex not long after her symptoms were gone, and my test may have been a false negative. So that's my predicament. I don't know how to handle it
  20. Hi guys, i wanna know anyone here have face with constipation due to herpes??
  21. Hi Guys, I am 26 male, sorry for my bad English. I had a sex with a women in 2013 who have a husband and 2 children and happy family. She is the 1st and last person with whom I had sex i feel gulity for that. In 2013 me and my friend was have had a sex with her. I was use condom but for 1 sec condom break during sex. After me my friend have had sex with her without condom. After 3 days of sex I feel burning sensation while pee. But no sore and no warts. But my friend have nothing no pain nothing. Then I was go to doctor. He gave me "Azithromycin 1g and antifungal cream" but nothing done. After 6 month I tested for HIV and VDRL both are come negative. Then I was go to a Urologest he examin me down there and give me some UTI relatived medicines and ask me to drink alots water. But UTI tablets was not heal me. After few months i goto a STD Doctor. He also examin me and tell me "don't worry you don't have std no sore no warts" he gave me "1g Azithromycin and doxycycline 100mg for 10 days" after this course as always nothing done. In 2015 I tested complete STD. 1: HIV : negative ( 0.26 ) 2: VDRL : negative 3: TPHA : negative 4: chlamydia trachomatic igG: negative (0.44) 5: chlamydophila pneumonia igG: positive (2.00) 6: HSV 1+2 igG : positive (>30) 7: HSV 1+2 igM: negative ( <0.500 ) 8: RPR: non-reactive 9: Culture & sensitivity (other) Aerobic automated: Nature of specimen : SEMEN Organism Isolated: no growth after 48hrs incubation at 37c Then doctor gave me "Valacyclovir 500mg BID for 10 days" But my burning sensation also not gone with antiviral I don't have any sore on my genitals from sex to now. I have done 2 time antiviral ( valacyclovir + doxycycline 100mg for 21 days ) course but nothing done still have burning sensation. My friend he is perfectly fine. He have nothing even no herpes. Please help me what I do ?? My symptoms 1: burning dentition while pee 2: pale yellow urine 3: pain before pee 4: pain in urthar 5: touch to hot. 6: mid pain in lower abdomen while full. 7: blurry eyes. 8: abnormal stomach. 9: irratitating fold skin 10: Frequently Urine with pressure Female with I had sex. She is perfectly fine and healthy and my friend he had nothing no pain no burning.
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