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I believe I caught genital herpes 2 weeks ago whilst on my first independent overseas trip. It sure destroyed my mood to notice sores during the trip and soon unfortunately diagnosed myself with genital herpes as multiple ulcers formed. Visited the hospital the next day and had an STD test conducted. All results turned negative which I understand means it's an acute infection. It sure is a low point of my life and I have to say I couldn't have gotten through it without the support of my close friend. My immediate concern was obviously its affect on future relationships and she really helped drill into my brain that I wouldn't want to be with a woman who was so vain as to not see past this unfortunate condition.

I'm feeling a bit more positive as I can't see the benefit of worrying and thinking of what I could've done differently, they are closer to curing herpes than they are of inventing a time machine. Only 18 and going into my 2nd year of university- Herpes was certainly not on my mind. Yet here I am and hoping to make a few friends, do we have any Australian members?

Also the main wonder is how I will be in terms of recurrent outbreaks, my initial outbreak was extremely painful as I developed ulcers inside the urethra (That's all I could suggest would create the horrible pain during urination). If they recur often and are similar to that I might be far less optimistic.

Well this was my first post, hope to hear from all of you.


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I'm in Australia...although I have only been Australian for 2 years. There are other Australians on here too.

I'm a bit confused though...you said all your tests turned negative. Did they do a swab or a blood test?

I reckon it may be a good idea to wait 3-4 months and go to a Sexual Health Clinic in Australia. My local one did a Western blot test...which is apparently the most accurate blood test for free (the test was sent to Westmead Hospital in Sydney...only place in Oz that does the actual test...so it takes a couple of weeks). Finding out the type whether it is HSV 1 or HSV 2 is a good idea...HSV 1 in the genital area is generally less recurrent.

If the outbreaks are painful speak to your GP, you can get suppressive valtrex through the PBS. Normal cost is $150 a month on the PBS it is $35--I reckon its worth it both to avoid the painful outbreaks and as it will protect your future sexual partners not completely but to some degree...its takes the risk down to between 1-3% per year.

But definitely get the blood test in a few months when you have had time to develop antibodies. 80% of people have HSV 1 and 25% have HSV 2...it is common...and most of those people don't even know.

You will learn your triggers and your body and the herpes will come to some sort of uneasy truce. I have had this 9 years...and the time as flown...I am hoping I am at least 2/3 of the way through waiting for a cure ;-)

Be brave, be strong...and be thankful for your wonderful sounding friend :-)

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Sorry if I wasn't clear. I had a blood test done. 5 days after the infection, I don't believe my body could produce any antibodies in that timeframe as the "IgG" antibodies were 0 for both HS1 and HS2. I was going to take another blood test around the 3 month mark as you suggested.

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