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I am a 32 year old female who was diagnosed with genital herpes when I was 21 years old. I have definitely had my moments of depression dealing with this. However, I managed to meet a wonderful guy--the next guy i met after contracting this disease. He did not run away when I told him about herpes. We have been married 7 years, and have two beautiful, healthy children, both delivered via c-section. Does not appear that he has contracted this disease from me.

The reason I finally looked into a support group is because I have recently had an outbreak that has lasted over 2 months now. I am taking anti-virals. Acyclovir has always worked well for me in the past, but it is not helping to clear this up. Valtrex has not helped either. I recently had a baby in April, so I'm not sure if this is a result of extreme stress from becoming a mother of 2...I'm always exhausted. Other changes that coincided with this outbreak were beginning to smoke again and going to gyne for my regular pap/checkup (wondering if the irritation from exam triggered something). I had a lot of vaginal atrophy per my gyne, which apparently is common after pregnancy and breast feeding. I also started taking Zoloft for post-partum about 2 months before this outbreak. Not sure if that has any relation.

Anyway, sorry to be so wordy, but this outbreak has been very difficult to deal with. It has been over two months, i've noticed sores in various areas. Recently, i thought it was getting better, then woke up yesterday with 2 more sores....I don't think I've had an outbreak this bad since my initial one 11 years ago.

Any suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated. Please help!

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Congratulations on the new addition! Sorry to hear that you are having a rough time with the outbreak though. I do not have any advise to offer for the lengthy outbreak, but do wish you the best of luck!

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