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heyitsthatgirl

Female, 19, and diagnosed with genital HSV-1 this past week.

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heyitsthatgirl

I wasn't sure what to think exactly a week ago, last Wednesday, when I exited the shower and experienced a strange pain in my vulva. At first I thought it was just irritation from sex with my new boyfriend a few days before....but I had a bad feeling. The next day I made an urgent appointment with my gynecologist, and had both cultures taken and blood drawn. As I waited for the results, the sores spread and got progressively more painful.

I got the call on Monday. Genital HSV-1. I'm still waiting on a Rx to treat the current outbreak, which has currently made it difficult to walk, sit, sleep; you name it, it hurts.

I already have enough issues with my vaginal area, considering I suffer from PCOS and recurring cysts on my upper thighs/bikini line.

It's just my luck though that I'm dating a fantastic guy who understands the situation and wants to stay with me. We've only had protected sex and have only recently started dating. When I was first experiencing the sores, he offered to take me to the base he's stationed at (he's in the army) to see if I could get tested at their clinic, and that he'd get tested too. I didn't want to put the burden on him, but he's going to get tested anyways.

I'm still terrified though, as if anything I touch is going to be infected. I feel like I'm trapped in a metaphorical bubble; I'm in my 4th semester of college, and usually when I get out of class I find some friends to hang out with. Not over the past week....I can't help but to be a recluse, so I've headed straight home.

I just don't know what to tell my friends and my family, if I should tell them anything at all. I don't even know what to tell myself.

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GodHope

im 18 male..been virgin all along without any sexual contact..first time i did, i immediately got this virus... i was diagnosed yesterday...but ever since the ulcer started i already knew it was herpes...since i am a medical student...i understand how u feel. i felt tainted, lonely, disgusting, highly infectious..like i should be contained in a biohazard room or something... its day 2 now of my diagnosis and i have been feeling better...thanks to my friends and this website. however, since its my school holidays, i dont need to go to school. i just hide myself at home...yea withdrawal mode..just know that you're not alone :) i too...am not sure how to tell my mother...she'll be so upset with me as she's a traditional and conservative person, well, so is my country..

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heyitsthatgirl

The only thing I could tell my mother.... Well, I had to fudge up a lie and tell her it's merely a staph infection and that I'll get treated for it. My father is completely unaware of the situation.

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GodHope

just know that you're not alone alright? :)

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determined87

Hey Hun'

I know exactly how you feel but atleast you have an understanding guy. I've been recently diagnosed with Herpes 1 genital and I've been with my guy for three years. We broke up for a few months and I had sex with an old friend. A few months later I find this out. Well I havent talked to my dude yet because he is a terrible person to talk to. He takes things way out of proportion and will flip try to flip it on me even though he had an encounter with another female that I know about during our break. Anyways I would keep it between the two of you. You dont have to tell you family or friends. I've only told my two best friends and noone in my family.

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It's not so bad, I am 19 in my fourth semester in college and was diagnosed with with Genital and oral HSV1 on Christmas day. I got it from my bf of three years who hadnt had a coldsore in a long time, it's not so bad, i have only had the one OB that I am aware of, although i do get itchy every once and a while, but trust me, it gets better, after talking to my friends about it, it turns out that a lot of them get coldsores and stuff too, and even my bestfriends mom gets them all the time, A LOT of people have it, its not that big of a deal to have type 1, i was very relieved when i found out it was type one, it seems to be not as painful and reoccurrent as type 2 since it usually attacks the mouth. Good luck and just know that it gets better over time.

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