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I was diagnosed in September after having protected sex.

I just recovered from my 2nd outbreak. I didn't realize that lentils, chickpeas, brown rice and popcorn could trigger an ob. I have always eaten healthy but when recovering I ate so much cheese and yogurt and potato because it's high in lysine. I've always been trim and am afraid that along with everything else, herpes is going to turn me into a fatass.

As you might expect, I am feeling mentally and emotionally worse than ever. I am so angry. At myself and the asshole who gave this to me who swears he doesn't have any symptoms. (How is that fair?!) I used a condom and thought that would be enough. Now when I talk to health workers they emphasize that I can reduce the risk of spreading it (when I become sexually active again--- so far I'm hiding in a cave) by using a condom and I just stare at them.... like..... really?

I am feeling really terrible and have no one to talk to. I feel like binging on hummus and corn chips and chocolate and coca-cola and just being like, 'Do your worse, virus. I don't care if it hurts to sit down; it's not like I was using my vag for anything anyway.

I know I need to deal with this. I have an unfilled scrip sitting on my desk. I just can't bring myself to fill it. Does Zovirax or Valtrex make a difference? Will I ever be able to eat trigger foods again (in moderation) if I'm on one of them? I have a million questions, I guess. Sorry. I'm sure everyone asks the same thing.


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Most people that have the virus don't know they have it. And as you have learned, condoms don't prevent this virus from spreading, just reduces the percentages. Part of the arsenal against herpes is boosting the immune system, so eat lots of good stuff, exercise, you can continue to be thin and very active. I have carried this virus for over 32 years. Generations have carried this virus, this is not some "new" thing. For many people the medications suppress the virus. And don't believe everything you read about diet, it is different for different people. You can likely still eat everything you like, just some things in moderation. After you have posted twice, also join us in live chat.

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I was just diagnosed recently as well and it's definately a hard thing to try and cope with. I'm also pretty much hiding in a cave because I don't want to have to deal with the outcome of me telling the person I am with. So far all my friends have been supportive so it makes me think that there is hope out there, that i'm just making myself worry about nothing.

If you have a script then you should fill it. Try and do what you can to make it hurt less and go away faster.

I also felt like I had no one to talk to but then someone suggested to see about a chatroom or support group and I find that it helps a lot. Everyone here is really understanding and it makes you realize that you are not the only one out there.

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Fill the 'script. Many will tell you that you should not take the meds. But, I am a proponent of them. I take antivirals, supplements, Dynamiclear....WHATEVER to feel better. Antivirals made a HUGE difference for me.

Herpes is a crazy virus...just don't make yourself crazy with anger regarding how you got it. It is possible that the asshole is telling the truth and asymptomatic...and condoms suck...what's the point of using them if you can still get this shit? HIV is the real reason to use condoms.

I feel you on the corn chips and popcorn...but everytime I binge...even with high doses of lysine...I get the damn itch! I don't know the answer to the question regarding whether or not you will ever be able to eat those foods again...everyone has a different experience.

Hang in there sweetie.

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