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I was diagnosed a couple months ago when I got a strange lump in my lymph node by my hip and was feeling flu like symptoms. I am devastated of course, but it really hasn't slowed my sex life down or changed my (then very new) partner's opinion of me. He got tested and has it as well, so we are unsure of who gave it to who. We've both been good at not blaming the other.

When I was first diagnosed, I told him about it and we talked about it quite a bit. Our sex life changed a little, but is still AMAZING (we're talking 2-3 times a day!). Then, several things happened in our lives, so the herpes took a back seat. I am now experiencing what I believe to be my second outbreak and have found it difficult to talk about. I don't want our sex life to slow down, but I also don't want to have pain with sex if what is happening is an outbreak. Not to over-share, but it was hard for me to know at the first outbreak because he's rather well endowed so I wasn't sure if that was what was causing the pain. Once I got the inflamed lymph node, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed.

My question is, how can you tell you are having an outbreak if there are no real visible symptoms? Could it be something else I'm experiencing? What are the signs to look for and what are ways of preventing outbreaks?

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I take Valtrex as suppressive therapy daily and 1000mg of Lysine daily also. Most people take Valtrex to lessen the chance of passing it on to their partner but in your case it can also be taken to treat outbreaks at a higher dose. You need a doctor's prescription for Valtrex, Lysine is over the counter dietary supplement. I would ask your doc about the pain during sex, it may be something else, possibly from a lot of sex if you aren't used to it. Outbreaks for me include some itching, some small blisters that can look like ingrown hairs. Symptoms are not the same for everyone, some people never experience any outbreaks that they know of - my ex who gave this to me never knew he had it because he had no symptoms.

There is also a generic drug like Valtrex, acyclovir which you can get for cheap at Wal-Mart.

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Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

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    • WilsoInAus
      But you were probably also exposed to HSV-1,2,3,4,5,6ab,7,8. There are also about 80 other human viruses and you would have been exposed to a dozen of those. There are tens of different bacteria that also transmit during sexual activity. There are also hundreds of possible  causes generated with your body.  
    • RainyDay2
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    • WilsoInAus
      That’s incorrect for recent infections where it nears 100%. Those people have a positive swab.
    • WilsoInAus
      Herpes is not some default magic rabbit that comes out of the hat and makes sense out of the irrational.
    • MikeIke
      @RainyDay2 i am about to pull out the big bht guns. Hey if i can get rid of the symptoms forever and never blow positive, ill take it. My other thought was hpv but i know i was exposed. The last clinician i saw definitely thought my lip things looked herpetic and sajd she's seen urethral herpes before too.    Igg can be forever negative in some, i have heard hsv1 has less accuracy with igg

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