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I must say becoming a member of this support group has really gotten me through the week. I been suffering from cold sores all my life and now I think I have genital herpes. I finally went to the doctor yesterday and now I'm waiting for the results. Since I have cried and thought the worst of myself all week, I know I will be able to handle the results just fine. My doctor told me that genital herpes is just as common as a cold or headache. So many people have the infection and don't even know it. She also said that it use to be 1 out of every 5 and now it's more like 3 out of every 5 have herpes.

My husband and I have been married 6 months and we were excited about starting a family soon. Now I don't know how soon we will be able to start. I was already on Valtrex for my cold sores so luckily my prescription was current and I immediately began taking the medicine when I saw a small bump. Now I don't feel any pain but I am having a yeast infection.

I guess I need answers to the following questions:

1. If you immediately remedy the ob before it gets full blown should I not expect a lot of blisters.

2. How long after an ob can I have sex?

3. If you have taken Valtrex, what are your thoughts?

4. Do you usually get an ob at menustration?

5. Are there any meds that you have found to work very well?

6. Is a yeast infection common?

7. When having an outbreak, should I change my towel and wash rag after every use to not spread between my face and genitals?

8. What if my first ob wasn't severe? Does that mean that most of my ob will be less severe

Thanks so much for all your help!!:p

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Hi sweetestlove- I see no reason why you can't start a family when you would like. This virus is annoying, but you can still do everything you would like to do! To answer your questions:

Yes- if you remedy (for me it would be doubling or tripling up on my daily dose of Valtrex) the OB within a few hours, like when you first feel a pain/tingling, there is a good chance it will calm the OB down, reduce the longevity and the pain.

To be safe (and not in pain)- wait until the OB is completely gone (as in, the skin is back to normal), before you have sex again.

I do take Valtrex, and I haven't had another OB since my first one 1.5 months ago.

My friend has GHSV2, and she often got OBs during menstruation, but it calmed down since she started Valtrex. I have not gotten an OB during menstruation (I have GHSV1), but it does happen, since your body is going through hormone changes which could cause an OB. However, OBs do reduce and lessen over time, so I don't think this is much to worry about.

I am on Valtrex, and I also take herbal supplements- echinacea, lysine, and garlic. Things to keep my immune system up. I also exercise. So far so good.

I don't often get yeast infections, and I don't know how related they are.

I am very careful about using towels during an OB. Don't share towels (even though I don't think the virus can last on things like toilet seats and towels), but still just for hygenic purposes. I was extremely careful about making sure I washed my hands a bunch, it just calmed my anxiety a bit knowing that I was keeping as clean as possible.

It is possible that all your outbreaks will be less severe, but it is hard to tell. However, over time, your body will adapt to the virus and will be able to resist it easier, to OBs will be less frequent and less severe.

Good luck!

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Thanks nycgirl87. I plan to be very optimistic through this. I am a true believer in miracles and with my faith I pray that I won't have many obs. One more question...have you heard of herpraflor? Apparently it is some type of medication that doesn't need a prescription that a lot of people speak highly of.

How long have you been diagnosed?

Thanks once again for the support.

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It's a tough time but it has gotten easier. I was diagnosed December 13th and it was a really bad first OB. I lost my boyfriend to the virus (he wasn't willing to accept it), and dating is the only thing that stresses me out about the virus. I haven't heard of herpraflor. But so far it's been okay with my Valtrex and my herbs. So just don't get too stressed or overwhelmed, enjoy this time with your husband and your new life together!

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NYCgirl87 I went and got Olive Oil Oregano to help boost my immune system from the Vitamin Shop. I took a pill but I keep belching the olive oil. I guess I will eventually get use to it. Are you taking any vitamins to boost your immune system?


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Haha I hear you on the belching- I am taking garlic supplements and YUCK! I am taking echinacea, lysine, and garlic. I don't know if it is working, or if it is the Valtrex, but I will stick with it all since it can't hurt right!

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Hum, the guy at the vitamin shop told me that echinacea actually slows down the immune system. I originally asked for that and he suggested olive oil oregano. I need to also get me some garlic. I hope all this works for the both of us!!!

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