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Hi all

I am 22 and diagnosed last week with HSV-2. I first discovered a cut along my labia and just thought it was due to rough sex. By about the second day after noticing it I was in so much pain that i could not go to work :(

After the doctors appointment I sat in my car and cried for about an hour!! I am going to miss out on an overseas holiday with friends because I am still having my first OB. I am in so much pain that I cOuldnt think of anything worse than being away from home feeling like this.

The guy I had slept with Prior to my OB is a good friend so I felt comfortable informing him of my diagnosis. He had also discovered a lesion on his penis within days of our sexual contact. He hasn't been tested yet but says he is pretty sure it's herpes :( we are unsure of which one of us had it first and passed it on but I am not concerned about that fact because it isn't going to change the fact I have it now. He is overseas at the moment and I just wish he was here for some comfort and support... Chatting online about this topic is not the same with someone you care about.

I am so very lucky to have a super supportive family and a couple of close friends I can tell. I am feeling okay about it all now just very sad about my trip and the loss of money.

I am getting through my OB slowly but surely. It is absolute hell when I go to the toilet and I absolutely dread it :( I have trouble sleeping too and have lost my appetite along with 4 kgs.

I feel like once I get through this first OB I will be okay. I am going to try suppressive therapy and hoping I will be able to avoid this horrendous pain and suffering or at least cross my fingers that another OB won't be as painful.

This website has been great for me to read everyone's experiences because although I have people to talk to its nicer to discuss with people who know exactly what your going through!

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    • viralfrog
      Having HSV-2 has not bothered me at all for casual sex. I'm just avoiding sex during outbreaks, on suppressive therapy and using condoms every time with casual partners. Since my outbreaks appear on top of my penis, even during an outbreak the risk is minimal if I put a condom on as soon as I take my underwear off.  I guess it might be a slightly different case for a girl as if you have external lesions around your groin you could still infect someone even using a condom. And of course, condoms can break, which has happened to me over 10 times and caused myself to get infected in the first place.  I see it as a much more difficult now having a serious relationship, because I can't feel much with a condom on and really want stop using them. However, I don't want to put my new girlfriend to any risk - I would feel terrible if I infected her. 
    • viralfrog
      Does anyone have experience about people's reactions to Herpes in Asia? Personally I live in Thailand where I also caught the virus as a condom broke 4 years ago.  Unfortunately I infected my ex-girlfriend with HSV-2. This was just after I had caught the virus myself and we had sex before I noticed and realised what it was. In the beginning, a local doctor told me I have just hurt my foreskin with my jeans' zipper and the tests came as negative. After getting tested later it came as positive.  Anyways, my ex-gf (well educated, professional, 26 years old then) she had no idea what Herpes was in the first place. She didn't really care too much about it and didn't bother to get tested. During our 3 year relationship we kept having unprotected sex as usual and she never had any issues until at the end one day. She had a very minor outbreak once and nothing after that (lucky her, no like myself who gets terrible symptoms non-stop). I know she has a strong immune system, because she was never sick despite myself having bad colds quite often. In any case, she could not care less about this virus and didn't mind at all.

      I've seen a lot of hysteria surrounding Herpes in Europe and the US. What has been your experience in South-East Asian countries like Thailand? Do people perceive HSV-2 as a worrying disease? 
    • Burty
      The full article is behind a paywall but you could write the the authors and request a copy.
    • OFMDH
      The jury is still out as there needs to be additional experiments. Editas' results make me believe dosing was insufficient among other issues.
    • moialbalushi
      Wow interesting !! But how did they provide it to him !! I mean he is 27 years old !!

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