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Wishing Well

These are facts/notions I tell myself when I begin thinking negatively about HSV. I have chosen to put this in this section as it is aimed at both telling myself, and potential partners, of the real risks.

GHSV-1

1) Risk of transmission during sex can be limited to 1% by using condoms and taking supressive meds

2) GHSV-1 is harder to transmit genital to genital as it lays outside of its usual place of business (as hsv-1 is primarily an oral infection)

3) GHSV-1 also sheds less which means it is harder for a genital to genital infection than other strains

4) HSV-1 will infect up 80% of people before their passing and as a result most people have a resistance to infection as they are already carriers

5) If I have had an HSV infection for longer than 6 months (approx) I am unlikely to spread this to other parts of my body as my body has developed antibodies.

6) Stress, lack of sleep and a poor diet amoungst other factors which are detrimental to my health may lead to more frequent outbreaks.

7) You are not a herpes Zombie.

Please correct me or add some other quick facts which put this disease in its place.

Day by day taking my life back, Wish

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breckgirl

Last night I was telling my mother how fortunate I feel that I have had such an easy go of it.

"Easy go of it?" she says. "I wouldn't call the hell you have been going through the last couple of weeks and easy go of it."

I said to her that I was not speaking of the ramifications of my silence, but mearly the physical aspects of having the virus for the last 20 years. I have type 1 and I am fortunate. I feel fortunate that I have not suffered the effects of type 2 as so many of the people on this forum have. Wishing Well, what you wrote up there is what keeps me grounded and rolling out of bed every day. Thanks for putting it in writing.

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JBnATL

Here are a couple of others

8 ) The longer you live with this virus the more your body will be effective in containing it. Thus your outbreaks will come farther apart and less severe in duration.

9 ) Everyday more and more people join our club and the dating pool grows larger.

JB

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Wishing Well

Bump.

I'm looking for more feedback here guys!

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