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  1. Hey everyone! I've seen a various posts across various forums regarding disclosing (or not) and have seen a bit of a trend in people thinking that it's 'hard to pass' with one encounter (lol) condoms make it impossible to pass, blah blah blah. So let's just try to compile some short & sweet answers to some basic H transmissions stories and questions...Could be helpful in many ways to lots of people! 1. Did your giver: show symptoms / asymptomatic / disclose H to you? 2. Protected or unprotected? Oral/vaginal/anal? 3. How many encountrs with giver? (time frame of encounters ie. one weekend of several months?) 4. How were you diagnosed? (swab or blood test) 5. Are you a symptomatic carrier (showed signs ie. outbreak) or asymptomatic (never showed signs, diagnosed by blood work) 6. How long from sexual exposure did you start to show symptoms? 7. How long did your primary outbreak last? How frequent have your recurrences been? (ie. one a month/year?) 8. How long have you been H+? 9. Are you on antivirals only during outbreak or suppressive therapy? Or have you gone the natural route? 10. Words or wisdom/support for newbies? ********** I'll go first... 1. No visible signs of H. Asymptomatic carrier not diagnosed with at the time so no disclosure. 2. Unprotected vaginal/oral. 3. 2x in a weekend (Friday night and Sunday morning) 4. Positive swab test during terrify primary outbreak. 5. Symptomatic HSV2+ 6. Friday/Sunday sex; initial first symptoms started Tuesday and quickly got aggressive. (in hospital by next Sunday) 7. OB lasted a few weeks. Cleared up, then I had a couple minor recurrences due to alcohol in following weeks but MINOR in comparison (just more annoying not excruciatingly painful) still working through this ATM. 8. I was infected Mar9/18 - diagnosed with Mar23/18. 9. Antivirals during primary OB; lots of supplements and vitamins every day now and have changed my diet. 10. It does get better. Not back to normal better, but better. Take care of yourself and do whatever it needs for you to heal physically and emotionally. Find a good friend/family member/counsellor to confide in to help lessen the burden you are carrying. Get wine drunk with a friend and cry all night. Go to the top of a mountain and scream at the top of your lungs. Amazon shop till you max out your credit card buying things that make you happy. Hope this can help some peope! Love & light everyone! x
  2. HerpNeutral

    Trouble getting diagnosed?

    Hello herpsters, I am wondering if anyone else has had any trouble getting diagnosed? I’ve had symptoms since early December (discoloration on penis and itchy scrotum) that just seem to get worse. I’ve been to my PCP 3 times, a dermatologist once and a urologist twice and all seem to think it’s something else. And the blood tests (igg and igm) come back negative. The reason I think I have herpes is because my symptoms (tingling, pain, and itching) are exacerbated by arginine. Months after treating my alleged jock itch with a steroid cream I developed a small lesion on my penis the morning after intercourse. I applied this Man 1 Man Oil lotion thinking it was a dry spot and then over the course of two weeks I had lesions all over my penis and scrotum. It turns out one of the main ingredients of the lotion was arginine. That was when I went to the Derm and she said it was eczema where I was prescribed another steroid cream. Fast forward two months and I have symptoms again that appeared following the use of a lotion on my genitals that also turned out to have arginine in it (I need to start reading labels before I use things) and have since had Pain and redness on my genitals on and off for the past month. All of this has been accompanied by a sore throat that seems to get worse when I eat foods with arginine in it (nuts oats coconuts etc.) I have had tests for all sorts of other STDs and they have been negative, I just really wanna figure out what’s wrong (get diagnosed with a type of HSV) and get treated My PCP won’t prescribe an antiviral until my blood tests say I’m positive. So until then I’m stuck with general discomfort. Just wanted to know if anyone else has had such trouble figuring out what’s up. Thanks for reading. TLDR: I can’t get medicine until I’m diagnosed via blood test or swab despite having recurring symptoms.
  3. Hey everyone, so for the most part my outbreaks have been mild but this time I’m frustrated. I have the worst neuropathy on earth I’m feeling zaps everywhere down below and even in my hands i’m going crazy right now I just wish this would end or something. I’m trying to ignore it and make myself busy but it’s there like a horrible constant companion and it’s bringing up feelings of hate towards my giver because I had no choice in this and now it’s kicking my butt. Anyway I’ll try and get over it but this is just crazy and ridiculous right now. I’m just irritated by all of this I know a lot of people want to be cured so they can be intimate without fear but I honestly just want my health back that’s all I want if no one ever looks at me again I’ll be fine I honestly just want my health back I try to grin and bear it but tonight is just not ok sorry if this sounds whiny lol
  4. So i was diagnosed last night with HSV-2 and a UTI and honestly my whole world felt like it was ending. I started taking the acyclovir this morning and so far i haven't noticed any results. I also bought Aloe vera gel, coconut oil, baking soda, and epsom salt. I tried the coconut oil and it burned pretty bad. I also tried the epsom salt bath and the epsom cold compress. Both of those burned really bad and i read that it could be from the salt touching the blister(open wound.) I'm miserable and am looking for any ideas or advice to help ease the pain and relieve the itching. Anything is greatly appreciated as I've never felt so alone or scared before.
  5. I'm going to start this thread with several posts that contain a summary of my HSV experiences and observations. I've broken this down due to the length and the number of related topics I feel need to be covered. However, I feel the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, so hopefully people with invest the time to read each section. I've tried to make this less of a rant and more of an informative depiction of my experience. My purpose in posting this is to hopefully help guide others who are confused about what is happening to their bodies and to cope with the implications (in my case it took years to become certain that HSV was the culprit.) My collection of posts is also intended to provide a much needed outlet for those who feel this disease has turned their lives inside-out, and who may also feel a sense of chronic disbelief at the jaw-dropping chasm that exists between the establishment view of this disease and their daily experiences with it, plus the feeling of chronic disenfranchisement that results. Ultimately, I feel that a grass-roots patient-based movement is needed to help slow down this disease within our bodies and across the face of the earth. I firmly believe if resources were prioritized we could achieve numerous vastly superior treatment options (if not full cures) in months or years instead of decades or never. However, part of the problem is that we've already passively waited decades for new treatment alternatives. Meanwhile, many of us feel like we're being held hostage by a silent terrorist that lives within our own bodies while we're forced to muster the energy to present a happy, healthy demeanor and thus go on living productive lives whilst attempting to suppress what feels like torture. I believe that this disease is vastly under-estimated by the establishment in its ability to destroy hope for the future and prosperity and a sense of well-being in the present. For me personally, it has significantly damaged my career and cost tens of thousands of dollars, and those are just the minor damages (I'd prefer not to state the personal damages, nor can they be put into monetary terms). Meanwhile, I can't even apply for disability. The reason for all of this is that we can't solve a problem unless we can agree on the definition of that problem and the cost of allowing it to remain unsolved. It's at this fundamental level that the FDA, CDC, and the medical establishment at large have staggeringly failed and seem more than willing to continue to do so. Ask yourself: do you think the FDA cares more about Theravax working around their authority, or do they care more about helping the people that were willing to do just about anything to have some chance of regaining a little peace from their HSV affliction? Ask yourself: why has a live-attenuated Varicella Zoster vaccine been available (thanks, Japan!) for decades and yet we refuse to even research live-attenuated HSV vaccines in the US? Ask yourself: what is more dangerous, providing a proven 99+% safe, thoroughly-tested vaccine based on a live-attenuated HSV virus (I believe there is absolutely no reason this couldn't have been achieved years ago) or allowing millions of lives to be ruined, babies to be killed, etc., by a highly aggressive and malicious family of wild viruses?
  6. Has anyone had a better experience with Valcyclrovir rather than Acyclovir?? Have been wondering which seems to suppress the virus more effectively and have been thinking about switching to Valcyclrovir as I’ve read that it combats the virus better since it had a better bioavailability? Which seems to work for y’all??
  7. Jasmine1997

    Stressing

    I was diagnosed with herpes just recently and I've been stressed everyday about it ... My partner know he's very supportive in many ways but he wasn't the one who gave it to me ... I had it for a long time and didn't know it
  8. 6 months ago I was possibly exposed to HSV 1 or 2. I'm like most people in here. I can't get any answers from doctors and specialist and I'm still with the same problems, nerve pain, Burning sensations, buttocks pain, heartbeat can be heard in ears, very itchy scrotum and pubic area. BUT NO LESIONS OR OUTBREAKS EVER. I have been prescribed everything from vcyclovir to gabapentin to antibiotics and all creams you can think of. I test negative for hsv2 after 12 weeks and positive for hsv1 (cold sores since I was a kid). So I move on with life assuming it's in my head. I then have unprotected sex all the time with one partner for 4 months and just a couple days ago she comes down with a fever and stomach pain. take her to the doctor and they assume it's a stomach bug. Today I feel Stomach pain and can't hold food down. I just can't understand why most people in this forum downplay this like HSV is not causing these problems? If we can't get correct diagnostics and have tried every possible problem? Then what is it myself and all these subscribers that have same symptoms after possible exposure are experiencing? Need input please
  9. is this herpes ? last time i had sex was 3 years ago and i never noticed any symptoms like described in multiple forums , about 2 months ago i noticed this and i do not know since when its there , under my penis head are also sores or idk what they are, they feel small and hard you can see them in the picture , they neither hurt nor itch , in my country there is no specialist for this i consulted a doctor they sent me to a skin doctor i will visit him tomorrow , i am prepared that i have herpes i just wanted to ask you guys what you think about this and also they said that there is no specific blood test for HSV where i come from so i am lost
  10. ExhaustedGirl1

    Genital HSV1 scare

    Hi everyone, I’m new to this forum but have asked similar questions on medhelp and to Terri Warren via her website. I’m wondering if anyone can help me with these symptoms that I’m having. This is my story— it’s a long one. I’ve never had any kind of sex until the end of September 2017 when someone performed unprotected oral sex on me once for 2 minutes. I later learned he has had around 50 partners but he claims he has never had a cold sore. -End of November experienced itchy patch on inner thigh that later scabbed over. Never had fluid in it. Currently experiencing similar itch on ribs. Before and after images of my thigh below. It has completely healed now. -Start of December intense burning/tugging feeling of pubic hair began when touched. Dermatologist did biopsy, found that my “skin flared up” and said it was hyper dermatographia although odd that it was only in that area. Recommended allergy medication but didn’t work. Also tried fungal creams, polysporin, steroid creams. Started to feel much better once I shaved. Still have irritation but not as bad as before, especially worse when wearing tight clothes. Sometimes small red specks of irritation are visible but usually doesn’t look like anything. (See third photo) -Also start of December, Buttocks turns red and feels irritated when sitting, only to totally disappear once I stand up. Still happening. Mostly just on left side, a big patch flares up. -mild fever for 2 days with congestion mid Jan (could have just been the flu). Accompanied by a lot of watery discharge that continued until I got my period Feb 2 (odd black and chunky period). Discharge started back up after period ended and still happening now. Experienced headaches and back pain while on period, unusual for me -had a swab of itchy area with no lesions, negative but it wasn’t a PCR so probably useless -had small spot swabbed 6 days after appearance, negative. (Fourth picture) Maybe just an infected hair... didn’t burst or scab over really and stayed for about a month which is too long to be herpes. Had other areas swabbed, need to check with the clinic to see if this was a PCR or not. -two small blister type spots, disappeared after a couple of days. (5th picture is before, 6 is after). Never burst or scabbed, just kind of “peeled”. -Slight burning feeling in vaginal opening a few weeks ago -fatigue since period Tested for all STDs multiple times, HerpeSelect IGG blood test done at 9 weeks and 19 weeks, negative for HSV 1 & 2. Also did a combined IGG test at 16 weeks that was negative. Had bacterial swabs, urine tests… all normal. What’s been really bothering me these past couple of weeks is the watery discharge that won’t stop and the nerve pain that gets worse at night. When I lie in bed I can feel it from my belly button down to my knees mostly but also in other areas at times (felt I slightly on my arms last night, a bit on upper back, lower back) I realize my encounter was low risk, I’m having atypical symptoms, and my tests have been negative... everyone is telling me I’m absolutely crazy and needn’t to move on with me life but I can’t. I found a clinic in San Diego that does the Western Blot and am wondering if I should do it since Terri Warren says 30% of HSV 1 is missed through IGG tests. Am I being ridiculous? I started having extreme stress about my health after I saw the patch on my thigh in November and slowly the symptoms have been racking on. Could I be doing this to myself through stress? Thank you for any help!!
  11. confusedpremed

    Prodrome Symptoms

    Hi all, I was curious as to what you all get in terms of a prodrome prior to an OB? Mine is always a pinching pain in one spot on the glans penis, but weirdly I've never had an OB on the spot. Anyone have a similar experience?
  12. Hi everybody, So... there is something I simply haven't been able to figure out and have not had a chance to talk to a doctor. 1, If I've never had an initial outbreak (I had brief flu-like symptoms for a few days which could also have been a (side-effect of medication) but nothing more. No lesions, certainly nothing itchy, scabby that lasted several weeks) can I infect others? My partner's doctor said that before an initial outbreak has occurred the virus can't be transmitted, this seems to align with anecdotes from married couples who did not infect each other after decades of sex... but would love to get specific confirmation of this. 2, I understand there is asymptomatic viral shedding - usually in the week before / after an outbreak. With viral shedding, there are NO visible symptoms but the virus is shedding and so it can be transmitted just the same as when there are lesions or visible symptoms. However... the implication from the statistics, descriptions and anecdotal evidence, is that when there is NO outbreak and NO viral shedding, then there the virus can NOT be transmitted... is that true? The statistics say that there is a 10% transmission rate if you don't take medication and don't use condoms, simply avoid sex during an outbreak. With condoms and suppressants, it drops to 2-4%. That's very low. However, it seems to me that this is still referring to the days when a transmission is possible due to asymptomatic shedding. The implication would be that when there is no shedding, then there is also no transmission possibility. Would love to get a firm answer to these 2 questions. Thanks! Felix
  13. Lisa777

    Oral herpes

    Is it possible to develop oral herpes symptoms 45 days after unprotected oral sex? I developed a sore throats which tested negative of strep this happened 45 days after. The soar throat lasted 5 days but the bumps are still in the back of my throat and they get inflamed on and off? The first day It was burning of the lips and throats tightness which I thought was from eating too much pineapple... then I got hit with Pharangytis the next couple days after the burning lip sensation....also I had pimples above my lip the week before symptoms I don't know if they were blisters or just pimples they had a white head
  14. It’s been a while since I’ve been on here! So long story short, I was diagnosed in June. The doctor ran blood tests, came back negative. I have not gone back for further testing since my herpes was confirmed by two different doctors. But since I haven’t gone back for testing since June, it is unsure whether I have genital or oral herpes on my lady bits. I am currently going through my third OB and wow is it a whole lot worse than my second OB!! I am on mirena, I have been for a couple of years, and am noticing some weird discharge. So this third OB started as my second one did, I thought I was getting a yeast infection then came the awful bowl moments which lead to what I thought were cuts from wiping too hard. THEN the “cuts” took too long to heal and that’s when it occurred to me that I was in the midst of another OB. Now that this OB is in full effect, my discharge is beginning to range in colors. I’m talking brown to almost purple! I have no idea what could be causing it. I’ve been on over the counter yeast pills and have not had any itching. I’ve just been suffering through the awful lesions right at the entrance of my vagina. Has any other woman been through this?! Please help because I’m starting to freak out!!
  15. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3619591/Girl-10-died-herpes-doctors-failed-diagnose-her.html 2016 article, but still shocking. Doctors failed to diagnose herpes and kept feeding the girl with antibiotics and steroids, helping the virus to take its toll. Still they keep telling us herpes is no big deal.
  16. Keith1954

    Herpes?

    So I had sex about two weeks ago. Prior to having sex, I shaved aggressively around my Pubic area. I also work out regularly and wear tight clothing, which traps the sweat. 36 hours after having sex, I noticed these small red spots around the areas I shaved, and a little beyond. They were not painful, and did not itch. I got evaluated by the urgent care who told me not to worry and gave me some cream. About a week after the sex, and a week ago from today, a pimple like spot appeared on my Testicle where I shaved. Still no itching or other symptoms but it has been here for a week. What could it be? Am I being paranoid? My friends wife who is a nurse already assured me it doesn’t look like herpes, As well as urgent care.
  17. Hi all, im new to the site but was diagnosed about a year and a half ago. I luckily seemed to get a pretty mild case of hsv-2, because since my first outbreak i've been fine up until now. This outbreak is different though, no lesions, but the same flu symptoms i had the first time, lethargic and achy. And also lower back pain. Does that sound familiar to anyone else? Anyway, i think the worst parts for me have been worrying that ill infect my current partner who is herpes free and dealing with the whole "stigma". A few weeks ago i learned that a few of my so called "friends" who i made the mistake of confiding in when i was first diagnosed have basically blasted my business to anyone who'll listen behind my back. Which has been pretty tough. When i realized that it actually sent me into a depression which i think brought on this outbreak. Which is ironic and depressing in itself. So thats my story, lol. Ill bet a lot of you have similar ones. Nice to meet some people in the same boat.
  18. Here is some very valuable information by Dr. Halford in the past about people that are asymptomatic vs those with symptoms I saw. Thanks to someone else’s post elsewhere: “ The difference between an asymptomatic HSV-2 infection versus a disease-causing HSV-2 infection largely reduces to the duration of HSV-2 replication and/or spread following a primary infection. Asymptomatic HSV-2 infections may be thought of as lasting for 2 – 4 days, and may lead to seeding of <100 peripheral nerve fibers with 1 to 50 copies of HSV-2 DNA per latently infected neuron. While this is still a “life-long, latent HSV-2 infection,” in quantitative terms this might represent less than 1% of the latent HSV-2 DNA load that exists in persons who experience disease-causing, primary HSV-2 infections that progress to recurrent genital herpes. By contrast, a disease-causing, primary HSV-2 infection might last 7 – 21 days, thus allowing far greater HSV-2 viral amplification and seeding of the peripheral nervous system. Such a latent HSV-2 infection might seed 1000s of peripheral nerve fibers (coming off the lower backbone) with 100s of copies of HSV-2 DNA per latently infected neuron. This >100-fold increase in the size of the reservoir of latent HSV-2 DNA is what places who people who experience symptomatic, primary HSV-2 infections at a >100-fold higher risk for a lifetime of recurrences of genital herpes relative to people whose first encounter with HSV-2 causes only an asymptomatic infection. (3) The idea of a preventative HSV-2 vaccine is simple. In an unvaccinated population, 80% of people infected with wild-type HSV-2 will have no symptoms, whereas 5% of HSV-2 infected persons will fail to initially control the primary infection, and thus will be placed at risk for a lifetime of episodic recurrences of HSV-2 genital herpes. In contrast, in a population of individuals vaccinated with an effective HSV-2 vaccine (vaccinated before onset of sexual activity), essentially 100% of people would experience only asymptomatic infections, which last for 2 – 4 days, if exposed to wild-type HSV-2 later in life; this would be insufficient to produce the symptoms of genital herpes. Importantly, the load of latent, wild-type HSV-2 DNA in such persons would be too low to support recurrent genital herpes. Thus, an effective HSV-2 vaccine would prevent both primary and recurrent genital herpes caused by HSV-2, and would likewise prevent the downstream consequences of neonatal herpes and enhanced risk of HIV infection.”
  19. Loveme1997

    Could this be herpes??

    I'm sorry if I shouldn't be posting here but I'm in need of someone to talk too ... I'm not sure if I have herpes waiting for my results to come back on Tuesday but here what's happening..... This past Monday (2/26/18) my boyfriend and I bought a vibrating tounge ring that came with some flavored lube (tmi) we used it that Monday night and everything was fine the next morning Tuesday (2/27) my clitoris had this really sharp pain and I started my period which I wasn't expecting because I already had one a week prior but I was on the nexplannon birth control so I would randomly bleed anyway so as the day went on I became really itchy around my clitoris so I took a shower and went on with my day the next day I was a little more itchy and it began to hurt a little when I peed but it wasn't that bad so the next morning I woke up my whole area around my clitoris was swollen and itchy I was in a lot of pain but I made it thru the day so the next morning Friday (3/2) I had bumps all over my clitoris area they don't really look like bumps there white and some of them have a indent in the middle of them they are really itchy and my clitoris was in a lot of pain I couldn't sit, walk or lay comfortably so I went to planned Parenthood where the lady swabbed my vagina and took blood for a herpes test she told me she couldn't tell what was going on and that she's not 100% sure that it's herpes so she gave me some pills to take 5 times a day then she wants me to come back Tuesday to see how everything is going today is Saturday and the pain had completely went away it doesn't hurt when I pee or burn the only thing that is wrong is that I'm EXTREMELY ITCHY and I feel like the bumps are spreading the only thing that helps is when I put coconut oil all over my genital area but I looked up some symptoms of herpes and I have quit a few like flu like symptoms and tinging in my genital area and soreness in my pelvic. At first I believed I was maybe having an allergic reaction to the flavored lubed I had used but now I'm afraid it may be herpes I have only been with one person for 5 years and I just had a baby 7 months ago but ever since I had my nexplannon birth control put in I have been feeling off down there but I had my bc removed Thursday because I believe it was making my genital area very sensitive. I would love to upload a picture not sure if I can or if it's necessary. Sorry for such a long post I'm just confused and been crying all day i know I should just be patient but I would love to here some of you guys opinions??
  20. Hey everyone. I am so thankful to have found this forum. Six days ago I had ALOT of sex with a friend that I’ve been hooking up with on and off for the past two years. My vagina/taint area was very sore. I just assumed I was “rubbed raw”. The pain progressively got worse while my Labia started becoming covered in bumps and I felt feverish. I was convinced it was herpes, so I went to the DR Friday and guess what, I was right! I have herpes at the ripe age of 38! In addition to a herpes diagnosis, I also have a UTI and a slight bladder infection. I’ve had to miss work because the pain is unbearable. I’ve literally been soaking in warm Epsom salt baths for hours at a time. I was given a shot of antibiotics plus I’m taking 800 mg of ibuprofen 3x day, oral antibiotics 2x day, Valtrex 2x day, a pill to clear a yeast infection, and some other anti bacterial, and was as also given a pain medication (SO thankful I’ve got dope insurance!) Im also eating a lot of Bulgarian yogurt, drinking plenty of water, taking my daily vitamins and trying not to walk much. I’m about 24 hours into treatment. I just want my vagina back! I can’t even focus on what’s to come in the future for my sex life/future/current parters because this initial outbreak is hell on earth. I know y’all can relate ! Please share any experience/advice/hope for me! peace
  21. Question one: if you get herpes via giving unprotected oral sex will you get symptoms in the genital area as well? question two: how easy is it to spread it? I am going for testing this week for oral std. In july of this year I performed unprotected sex on a man for less than a minute and he did not cum but keep in mind before performing this act he sucked so hard on my lip I got "lip hickey"...on September 4th which is 45 days after I performed the act I developed strep throat/pharyngitis symptoms (NO fevere whatsoever just chills, red cobblestone apperence on throat, enlarged tonsils/uvula, white patches on tonsils, coughing up yellow, brown phlem, barking cough). I was rushed to the ER because of my barking cough, swollen uvula, tonsils and severe wheezing where I was diagnosed with bronchitis and was given antibiotics. Its been 3 weeks and I feel great but still have a painless cobblestone throat appearance? some look like little white pimples...they get bigger after eating a heavy meal sometimes...chances of std? What should I get tested for? thanks again
  22. I’ve been reading a lot of previous post about nerve pain and odd rashes. In all my years I’ve never had nerve pain until now. It’s ironic how so many people talk about it and yet it not considered a symptom of herpes. I’ve been telling doctors for 3 months about my arms and legs burning and just finally got my primary to prescribe my Gabapentin. It’s helped but I still have it throughout each day. Case in point, my inner right thigh is burning for no apparent reason. I here it’s associated to stress and I want to believe that. But like me most of us have been in some pretty stressful situations in our lives (death, disease, loss, etc...) and never have burning sensations in their bodies. This is the only time its ever happened to me period. The other thing is that I’ve noticed these small odd rashes on my forearm from time to time. I saw a dermatologist and he said it’s a cousin to ringworm which I guess is no big deal. But my point is I never had any of this stuff happening to me prior to this situation and I don’t understand why these symptoms aren’t connected with being a possible herpes symptom? i just thought of this and would like some feedback on it. The one thing that really lead me to believe that I might have contracted an STD wasn’t the actual pimple at that the base of my penis it was that I felt pain in my lower back and burning in my hands and feet. The reason I bring this up is because the only other time I felt these 3 areas of my bodly hurting in unison was when I contracted chlamydia in my late 20s. Is there any connection between herpes and lower back, hand and feet pain? And really why would these areas even flare up? Oh yeah and my left armpit hurt as well. How strange is that, right?
  23. I have to say the only thing that lead me down this dark and twisted rabbit hole called herpes were my unexplainable symptoms. the intense tingling sensation in the entire head of my penis, the burning in my scrotum and anus area. The burning in my arms and legs. Neck pain, lower back, hands and feet burning. And of course the one pimple at the base of my penis. here is the rub. Not one of the 6 doctors could explain to me what these symptoms are and how to get rid of them. That right there is where I jump into the dark rabbit hole of herpes. The super weird this is that my HSV 1 number is tending upward. Go figure. I’ve read so many post from so many people with the same symptoms and yet with no medical answers to support them or to cure them. frustrating!
  24. I’m trying to get some answers from people who already have HSV (preferrably type 2) regarding my symptoms, but not a lot of people seem to be commenting. So i’m trying again with a more in depth explanation. PLEASE HELP ME understand. This all started when I visited India from June 20-July 22. I was completely fine and healthy prior to that. In the first few days after arriving I became very sick with bowel movements 5-6 times a day and lethargy and little appetite. I came back and was still suffering from this but my bowel movement I believe started getting better. I decided to have sex for the first time in my life with someone I casually know less than 2 weeks later on August 2 (without my parents knowing because they would highly be against it prior to marriage). The next day after sex I had UTI symptoms and what seemed like a rash at the tip of my penis which was very sensitive and the bottom of my penis felt weird as if it was more exposed now. I found out I really did have a UTI due to a bacteria found in soil and had to take a couple of antibiotics and felt better but then a week after it came back. This time on August 15 (less than 2 weeks after my encounter) they did a STD panel on me which included Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeae, HIV, Syphillis, and only HSV-2. Everything came back negative except HSV-2 with an igg value of 2.0 and my world turned upside down after finding out. I noticed what seemed like lesions a few days AFTER finding out my results but when I went back to the doctor they never swabbed them. I was just prescribed valtrex and zovirax topical and jusr told that it’s nothing serious but referred to a urologist for what the doctor thought was a chronic UTI. The urologist after finding out that I had HSV-2 and examining the rash told me the one thing I didn’t want to hear—post herpetic neuralgia, which only made me feel worse. But it didn’t make sense to me because I’ve had that rash much longer than before the assumed outbreak and according to what I’ve read on the forums here antibodies for HSV should not be present BEFORE my primary outbreak and especially with a igg reading of 2.0 in less than 13 days. The female I was with didn’t know she was positive for HSV-2 even though she was tested several times in the past (maybe not for hsv) but her recent result a few weeks after me showed an igg value of 16.4, but the few people she was in a relationship with before me never have told her they got anything from her. It has been 2 months now almost since the encounter and I still have: -no appetite -nausea with gagging -oral thrush that wont go away and dry mouth -fast heart rate for several weeks -UTI’s -chronic fatigue -itchy area on both sides of my inner thighs (which I was told is fungal infection) -inability to sleep for long periods of time I have not had what I’ve been reading most people go through during their promary outbreak such as swollen lymphs, constipation, headaches, and no lesions that people say are fluid filled andn then ooze and scab over that I’ve been able to notice. Please answer if you can: -Does my IGG value make any sense? I’m going to get retested, but is there a chance its a false positive? They never checked me for HSV-1. -Does most or any of this sound like it’s due to HSV? -Do I possibly have a systemic yeast or bacterial infection? PLEASE HELP ME. Every doctor and specialist I go to keep sending me in circles.
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