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Hello all,

I was diagnosed with Hsv1 in the genital region in August last year and although devastated I was positive that the first out break would be the worst and that it could only improve. I took 1000 mg of valtrex for about 10 days and the outbreak cleared pretty quickly.

Since then i've had 4 mild outbreaks on my butt cheeks only (orginal out break was butt cheeks and swelling in the genital region but with no visible sores) and i've taken lysine within a few days they've cleared up.

I have a long distance relationship so after a week of sex I am always careful and dose up on my lysine.

Well obviously i didn't dose enough. I am in the middle of the worst outbreak I've ever had. I am swollen, red, blistered.. I can't walk it hurts to pee everything.

Needless to say I'm pretty upset.

I went to my doctor who I thought would prescribe valtrex but she has instead prescribed famvir once a day for 5 days.

I was interested in suppressive therapy but in order to be illegible I have to have a number of documented cases, that have been swabbed and sent off for testing.

Getting tested during a painful outbreak is not high on anyones list is it now?

So for now I have 40 famvir tablets that will see me through my next few outbreaks, so if anyone has any stories they can share.. good or bad..

I took my first table almost 2 hours ago.. I'm a little sleepy but feeling okay and hoping this gets better.

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    • CHT
      Okay.... makes sense.... I hope it is helping.  Again, I would ask about a Rx for valacyclovir instead of acyclovir.... valacyclovir gets more acyclovir into your system than taking straight acyclovir.
    • WilsoInAus
      Hi @Throwaway765 yes that all makes sense and you’ve pretty well reached the right conclusions except for a very significant fact!! You are right, receiving genital HSV-2 from oral sex is unheard of, just not feasible given how people have it and whether it actually sheds in infectious quantities or not. Safely rule this out. Now HSV-1; once you have this as you do orally, you have immunity against infection anywhere else on the body, it is also not feasible.  The symptoms you describe are also not related to herpes in the absence of lesions.
    • NewInNebr
      Newly diagnosed, looking for people to connect with in Nebraska, Lincoln even better 
    • Throwaway765
      Thanks for your response! I received unprotected oral 10 weeks ago and immediately after had stinging in my glans and weird nerve pain. I am positive for HSV1 due to cold sores I got as a child, but as recent as 9 weeks after this exposure have tested negative for HSV2.    im nervous that I may have acquired hsv1 again on my genitals since HSV2 is rarely acquired from oral sex and doesn’t shed hardly at all, but haven’t seen any sores yet. Just weird symptoms and this started recently in my buttcrack when I was taking antibiotics.   Any advice or perspective would be greatly appreciated. @WilsoInAus
    • WilsoInAus
      Hi @Throwaway765 and welcome. There is absolutely no concern over this being related to herpes. Something must be concerning you as to the possibility of herpes… what is it? 
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