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Hi - I've just been diagnosed as having genital herpes and I'm about to go on a 3 month trip basically backpacking.

Is there any advice on using tampons duing an OB? Does it make a difference if it would/would not get in contact with a blister?

Is there any travel "gotchas"? Tips on shortneing an OB or keeping dry even though you might not be in any place for more than a couple of days?

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Hey, I would like to try and offer a little advice. 2 years ago, before i had herpes, I went on a tour of Europe for 2 months and it was amazing. I didnt have to take any additional precautions or anything and cry thinking about the fun I had then in my innocence. Anyway, this summmer I went to Europe again but I was so devastated that I had this condition now that my trip was miserable and I look back now and regret having spent so much money and having wanted to go back for so long and when I finally did I had herpes and it ruined my whole trip because I was so distraught.

So my advice is to not let herpes ruin your trip too. I will warn you ahead of time that it will be difficult to travel with herpes ....but not impossible. Maybe you'll luck out and your outbreak will go away and not come back while on the trip. It is good also because you will have 3 months to absorb your diagnosis and to grow as a person aside from the herpes.

Have a positive mindset and you will be a lot better than I was. I regret not making the most of it the second time but I was just to depressed to even enjoy myself and cried almost every day. I am excited for you and I dont even know you :) I hope you have the best time and greatest experience ever. Good luck!

Tips: bring a small travel hair dryer and if you have privacy use it to dry off the area where your outbreaks occur. It might be hard if you will be staying in hostels but if possible try and get a private bathroom or just do it when you can.

do not sit in a wet swimsuit....or lay out (if it is even warm where you are going) because that is not good anyway to do so b./c yeast can grow, but also it could irritate your herpes ob.

Bring a few towels and wash your towels frequently...do not use same towel more than once and try not to dry off your genital area with it (b/c it can sometimes spread the virus to other areas of the body) also, no sharing towels with others (just in case) keep a separate plastic bag for dirty laundry and put dirty towels in it until you can find places to do laundry.

Im not sure about the tampons....depends where your outbreaks are. Try not to let it touch them and wash your hands very well after

Bring tylenol or some type of pain reliever in case you experience discomfort.

bring cotton underwear....more comfortable and allows skin to breath

bring an umbrella :) not related to herpes, but definitely helpful :)

bring loose fitting pants, or short, etc. that will not be snug so they will not irritate the area at all.

and Im sure I could think of some more tips that might be helpful but that's all I got for now....

hope that helps a little :)

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tampons, mmm i wouldnt try it with a ob, the friction of the string, and if u get any internal sores, u might not be very happy.

bring some baby wipes, or fem wipes i always felt so much better w. these then trying to wipe w/ the harsh toilet paper. plus if u cant clean up>>> there u go.

i always bring a&d ointment w/ me its like a holygrail of any thing that might happen.

i would bring any meds, u think u will need, like lysine, or valtrex, its alot harder to get meds over seas sometimes.

agree w/ the umbrella its always kind of wet in europe. and in some places the sun doesnt come up till like 11am. that freaked me out the first day :)

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Thanks Boxofrain and waxedwrong for your advice...a hairdryer certainly hadn't crossed my mind!

Lots of things to consider but you've at least got my brain thinking in the right way...oh and I'll definitely remember the umbrella ;)

What's a&d ointment (I'm not quite up to speed yet on all the terms!)?

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