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What are your OB Triggers?

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I hope I've posted this in the appropriate section.

It is pretty clear that there are big similarities and big differences with every individual's outbreaks. This got me thinking, what are your triggers for being more prone to an outbreak? Stress and compromised immune system seem to be the common trigger, but what else? Is there something you have noticed seems to trigger or increase the chance of your outbreaks?

I know for my cold sore, it can be dehydration, and I've noticed in the past every time I tried lip plumping lipsticks I'd get an outbreak! Coincidence? Maybe! Perhaps I'm just wacko but I swear the more I think about an outbreak, the more certain it is that I'll get one! I can't be the only one that has this happen! You know..for instance, you have a big date or a special occasion and you don't intentionally mean to think pessimistically but you worry that you'll get one and sure enough, tadaaa! Right on cue a cold sore appears on photo day, your anniversary, or a job interview. I'm sure this is associated with anxiety as being the culprit. Mind over matter, I guess!

I'm not sure about my genital outbreak(s) yet as I've only had one and I'm not sure how long I've been afflicted with ghsv2.

Your experiences and thoughts are appreciated.

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AF Vet

Stress, aspartame (artifical sweetner), too much chocolate... Stress is a biggie for me right now... SIGH!!

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Stress, peanut butter and chocolate and caffeine.

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tiredness and menstration, both triggers for me (so far!!)

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    • viralfrog
      Having HSV-2 has not bothered me at all for casual sex. I'm just avoiding sex during outbreaks, on suppressive therapy and using condoms every time with casual partners. Since my outbreaks appear on top of my penis, even during an outbreak the risk is minimal if I put a condom on as soon as I take my underwear off.  I guess it might be a slightly different case for a girl as if you have external lesions around your groin you could still infect someone even using a condom. And of course, condoms can break, which has happened to me over 10 times and caused myself to get infected in the first place.  I see it as a much more difficult now having a serious relationship, because I can't feel much with a condom on and really want stop using them. However, I don't want to put my new girlfriend to any risk - I would feel terrible if I infected her. 
    • viralfrog
      Does anyone have experience about people's reactions to Herpes in Asia? Personally I live in Thailand where I also caught the virus as a condom broke 4 years ago.  Unfortunately I infected my ex-girlfriend with HSV-2. This was just after I had caught the virus myself and we had sex before I noticed and realised what it was. In the beginning, a local doctor told me I have just hurt my foreskin with my jeans' zipper and the tests came as negative. After getting tested later it came as positive.  Anyways, my ex-gf (well educated, professional, 26 years old then) she had no idea what Herpes was in the first place. She didn't really care too much about it and didn't bother to get tested. During our 3 year relationship we kept having unprotected sex as usual and she never had any issues until at the end one day. She had a very minor outbreak once and nothing after that (lucky her, no like myself who gets terrible symptoms non-stop). I know she has a strong immune system, because she was never sick despite myself having bad colds quite often. In any case, she could not care less about this virus and didn't mind at all.

      I've seen a lot of hysteria surrounding Herpes in Europe and the US. What has been your experience in South-East Asian countries like Thailand? Do people perceive HSV-2 as a worrying disease? 
    • Burty
      The full article is behind a paywall but you could write the the authors and request a copy.
    • OFMDH
      The jury is still out as there needs to be additional experiments. Editas' results make me believe dosing was insufficient among other issues.
    • moialbalushi
      Wow interesting !! But how did they provide it to him !! I mean he is 27 years old !!

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