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Sorry I have a lot of questions!

I have genitial herpes, and I have had it for about 5 years. But recently I got a blister on my lip. Now, I can accept the fact that I have to tell someone I have HSV before having sex, but before kissing? How am I supposed to tell someone that early? It sounds very difficult.

Also, until recently I hadn't had any outbreaks for a long time(year?), but for the past two weeks it has been driving me crazy (worst outbreak I have ever had). I think the recent outbreak was caused by a yeast infection which was caused by an unrelated source. Is that possible?

Anyway, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_simplex says that 80-90% of US adults have HSV-1, which is usually oral. So, whats the big deal? If 80-90% of people will get in anyway then why bother worrying?! I'm not really yet past the phase of thinking about it all the time because I was in denial for so long so I hope someone can help me with this.


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why do you think this is caused by a yeast infection? and. . . a yeast infection would be a drain on your immune system and thus could contribute to an ob.

could it be that the coldsore is a new infection?

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Thanks for the reply Caliope, its great that you help support people.

I think the yeast infection was caused by my body shampoo. I used a lot one day, and the next day I had a yeast infection. The oral sore is probably self spread (which I was unaware could happen until today) because I havn't had sexual contact for months.

I still want to know what ppl think abt my other question tho... If possible. These numbers are so high, I even have trouble believing them. :confused:

Oh, and srry, I think I posted in wrong section for this.

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If you are talking about percentages for infections I'd guess that a longer a person lives the more time they have to come into contact with hsv and that would account for the numbers. A friend works in care homes and has seen a lot of patients in their late years with herpes infections.

I've seen research that says that the numbers of new infections for hsv2 are beginning to wane due to education. (most probably the commercials they run for Valtrex on tv)

If you really think you're having trouble with yeast I highly recommend probiotics.

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Well, I have never had a yeast infection before that I can think of. And also I'm lactose intolerant so real yogurt or anything like that will kinda make me sick (I do have pills that helps some). And I do still have plenty of dairy - just lactose free milk/cheese. Are there probiotics in the form of pills, or lactose free yogurts or something?

I get what your saying about not getting it until your older. But I still think I have a strong point. It says "50% of Americans have HSV-1 antibodies in their blood by the time they're teenagers or young adults and 80-90% of Americans have HSV-1 antibodies by the time they are over age 50."

Ok, so 50, yeah thats old. But they got it anyway... My point is that if they will still get it at some point, why not get it over with. And I'm sure most of them got it a lot younger than 50.

The number I found for HSV-2 was 20%, is that still accurate even with the drop? How big of a drop, u make me nervous. :(

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Oh yeah, and the reason I'm saying this is that I don't want to have to tell someone before I kiss them. That is next to impossible to do IMO.

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On the probiotics I get them in a vegetarian capsule. I also get the kind in the refrigerated section at my specialty health store. They say they are for intestinal and immune health and they have this silly picture of little smiley faced organisms on the box. Some contain milk so read them carefully.

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