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Just registered, thought id say hi :) Ive had herpes for what seems to be a year now, although who knows it could have been longer. I take Valtrex 500mg everyday and it seems to stop my outbreaks, when I dont take it, anytime I have sex it seems to come back. I guess because of the friction? Oh well, it was definately heart wrenching when I first saw the blisters, im a clean, fit guy but viruses dont care about that :) Do any of you experience less outbreaks after the years or does it basically stay how it is and if you dont medicate, constantly come back? I know a couple other people personally who have it and one guy only broke out once, and its been 4 years and hes not had it since. Others just get a slight itching, but blisters dont seem to pop out, me I get full out blisters with that horrible itching/burning feeling. Again hi everyone, just sharing :)

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what qualifies as an outbreak

hi there.

it seems like i have also had it for a year and i am starting to learn how to control my body through taking care of myself and reducing the amount of stress in my life. it seems to work so far...i haven.t had any outbreaks since i.ve made these changes....but sometimes i do get slight itching where i am worried it might lead to an outbreak...which it hasn.t. sooo, my question is..what qualifies as an outbreak? i assumed that it would be blisters. maybe this seems like a stupid question, but i guess i would like to hear a clarification if anyone knows.

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I had my first outbreak about a month ago and I'm having a second now.

My only sex partner for the past 5 years has been my wife, who I'm fairly confident did not give it to me. So what I'm learning (now that I am frantically gathering herpes info. from everywhere) is that it seems anything goes with this stuff. Some people never have an outbreak. some people have HSV1 outbreaks on their genitals. You can break out all over your body, etc.

the outbreak can be so mild, that you don't even know it. In fact, on my current (2nd) outbreak, I broke out very mildly on my legs. There are just some faints bumps but a fair amount of itching. If I didn't have sores elsewhere to let me know for sure I was breaking out, I probably would not have concluded that the bumps on my leg are actually a herpes outbreak.

So if you feel the prodrome symptoms (which I am now very familiar with now), you probably are having an outbreak, whether it is clear to you or not. In any case, best to take precautions ifyou aren't sure

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