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Herpes Type 2 and Diabetes Type 1 ( Insulin Dependant)


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:roll: Hi everyone - so glad you're there for some support. My boyfriend has extremely severe type 2 Herpes ( genital) only on his lips (never anywhere else). He went to a doctor for treatment but was told he would have to have the HSV 2 verified by a swab before he could be prescribed treatment ( Australian law).This meant he had to let the outbreak progress until he had an enormous blister that took up almost his whole top lip- he was in agony. Finally they took the swab and confirmed HSV2 and gave him valcyclovir. Within 12 mths he was then diagnosed with severe Diabetes Type 1 ( insulin dependant). The doctor suggested that the shock of such a severe infection could have weakened his immune system to the extent his pancreas had been damaged and he could no longer produce insulin. Has anyone else heard of anything similiar??? It gets worse. I now have the virus ( lips only too). I'd love to get married and have a baby but I'm scared of a vicious outbreak like this causing birth defects. Any advice???? Sorry for the LONG question

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Hey hopeful - that was not a long question at all...

I replied to the "baby" question under parenthood -

As for your boyfriend - never heard of that - amazing. I'm so sorry about that. All I can say is you guys will now be forced into a healthy lifestyle huh? Well, I hope someone has info for you on that - new one on me.

Take care of each other - I hope all works out for you guys...

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  • 4 years later...

I am 20 years old and I have low blood sugar. It’s probably because I'm a chocolate fanatic and my mother has it. I've gotten better about my sugar intake and I do everything the doctor tells me. I have juice in the morning to bring my sugar up after the night and eat protein every three hours especially before bed to hold me through the night but I still worry. I'm not sure if this is overreacting or just being smart. Does anyone have any ideas about what I should/can do?

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    • EssenceL25
      I’m going to force him to get tested ! Thanks for your help ! 
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 there really isn't a question mark around the source, it's your latest partner. The median time from infection to an outbreak of lesions upon initial infection is 4 days.  The only thing that isn't certain is the type I suggest.
    • EssenceL25
      I asked if it was hsv 1 or 2 and the doctor said it was Hsv2. I’m not sure i just asked him when he was tested last he said this year I said I think we should go test together and he agreed . I’m going to bring it up again cause I really need to know if he gave this to me I wasn’t sure since it was so close to my previous relationship.
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 then it is all beyond reasonable doubt that the current partner is the source. A 'perfect' fit in terms of timing, symptoms and swab. It may be though that the type is not technically known. Culture swabs are very often not typed and just assumed to be HSV-2 if taken from a genital location. If you received oral sex in the days leading into 7 March then it is 50/50 as to whether this is HSV-1 or HSV-2. You could contact your doctor and confirm if the swab was actually typed (which is a second test where fluorescent antibodies for HSV-1 and HSV-2 are added and see which one 'glows').  If that test wasn't done then you do not know type. If you have oral HSV-1 yourself (cold sores) then this will be HSV-2. Does your partner have oral HSV-1? It is somewhat strange for him not to rush and test - many people have a 'reaction' if they truly do not know their status and have concerns that you infected them etc. (not initially rational of course). This indicates he may know his status - or maybe he just isn't simply the sharpest tool in the shed!?
    • EssenceL25
      I had flu like symptoms and ulcers on my vagina . They did a culture and I tested positive for hsv2. I asked my partner to get tested he agreed but I’m not sure if he will cause he hasn’t said anything else about it. 
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