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Still waiting for the call to determine if I have HSV1 or HSV2. :(

I began experiencing pain while urinating about 2 weeks ago. I had just finished my period and honestly thought I was experiencing an allergic reaction to a new pantyliner, however I then noticed blisters that looked like canker sores on my labia. I treated the sores on my own for several days and then after talking to a friend decided to go to the doctor. The doctor said that "it certainly looked like it could be herpes" and did a culture and a blood test.

I told my bf, who I have been sexual active with over the past 7 months and am scared of the test results and of the outcome between us. I know for certain that he suffers from cold sores, and has had one during our time together. He was confused and scared, just as I was. He told me that he promised if he had herpes he got it from me. I was shocked by his initial response. He then told me that he was sorry if I thought he was being insensitive and that he was confused and that there was no reason to worry when we weren't sure what the diagnosis was. He said that it didn't change the way he felt about me and that we would work through it. He said that he was sorry if it was caused by him, however pointed out that he was tested following his last relationship and hadn't been with anyone in the meantime.

I was in a serious relationship for five years that ended in 2008 after which I was tested. Aside from him and my current bf, I have only slept with one other person which was over a year ago, however was not tested after this brief relationship. If the herpes ends up being HSV2, I have no idea who I got it from. I am so confused by how long symptoms begin after exposure or if they lay dormant. I have read so many websites and think that I am stressing myself out more.

Aside from the sores I also experienced soreness in the lymph nodes of my groin. No fever, or nausea. No itching or discharge. The symptoms lasted about a week and aside from a little redness everything is looking normal.

Any advice or insight is greatly appreciated.

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Hi and welcome!

Sorry for what you are going through right now...

If your current BF suffers from cold sores and gives you oral sex it can be passed that way. If you are postive for HSV1 that is "probably" how you got it. Is your BF having any genital problems?

Yes it can also lay dormant for years...that is the cause for lots of people on this forum.

Hang in there! you found a great site for support!

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No, my BF has never had genital symptoms. Which has led to lots of confusion. Luckily his doctor explained how transferring HSV1 to the genitals is possible.

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Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

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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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