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I guess it's time for me to introduce myself. I've been lurking here for about a week now and it has helped me so much. I'd just like to say thank you to everyone here for all the encouraging words and support you share. I'm a 19 year old girl living in Canada, just diagnosed with herpes(not sure what type yet, results should be in next week sometime). I got genital herpes from my boyfriend who has had no symptoms at all but he has had coldsores in the past. I had coldsores too but not for a really long time. I think I got ghsv because my immune system is all screwed up from having surgery and not giving my body enough time to heal. My appendix ruptured and I stayed in the hospital for 4 days. I felt fine after that so I started drinking and going out like I used to(big mistake there, next time I will take better care of myself).

It's been a difficult week but reading the posts here have really helped me through my first very painful outbreak.

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Sorry we didn't meet under better circumstances!

I've had GH for about 12 years now. I am a 63 yr old lady living in Los Angeles, home of the healthy, the wealthy and the glamorous--and me.

One thing that is particularly hopeful if you are 19 yrs old--a vaccine will probably be available sometime in the next decade, maybe in 4-5 yrs. if we are lucky. I am hoping I will live long enough to see it and maybe I will. You almost certainly will. When the vaccine comes out anyone will be able to gain protection from this virus and then the terrible social stigma will fade away. For most of us, that is the worst part of this, having to get used to having an illness we can't cure and must discuss with anyone with whom we'd like to be intimate sexually. Some people seem to live with it better than others. I hid from all social contact for ten years but now I am "out of the closet" about my herpes and I no longer consider it a secret. You can read my story under the Autobiography section.

This is a great website and has given me a lot of hope and strength. Again, sorry about the herpes but glad to have you here.

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Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

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    • Stupida
      @srinivas thank you for the suggestion. Are you on antivirals? How long have you had HSV? How well do you feel now that you are taking the supplements?
    • Trace67
      It doesnt really mean much yet. They still dont know if the herpes is taking advantage of a diseased brain or causing the disease. Furthermore, there is evidence that Alzheimer's might be caused by oral spirochete disease and even Lyme. Many of you could have oral Spirochetes but the Lyme and is less likely. https://globallymealliance.org/pathogen-cause-alzheimers-disease/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5008232/ https://newsblog.drexel.edu/2016/02/10/do-infections-cause-alzheimers-disease/   Of course it could be both! Maybe having hsv-1 and oral spirochetes quadruples the risk.  In my opinion the spirochete theory sounds more likely and its hard to dismiss neurosurgeons and caretakers getting Alzheimers from a disease that was previously thought to be non contagious. I'd worry more about Spirochetes.  
    • Rgs77
      Did ldn work.
    • honkschonks
      I wonder if people in the military are tested for hsv, because the general public isn’t. You have to specifically ask for it and many doctors don’t even see the point because it’s “so common”. It’s very possible he has it and has no symptoms or very mild random symptoms. Sorry to hear what you’re dealing with. It seems like women’s symptoms are worse than men’s.
    • WilsoInAus
      No that’s not the issue at all. The absolute vast majority of nerve pain is not caused by herpes. Hence it cannot be used to reverse engineer a diagnosis of herpes. That is exceptinally dangerous and we must do all we can encourage proper diagnosis.

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