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I thought it was a yeast infection...


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...because I am prone to having them. I'm 23 years old and I'm a circus entertainer. My job requires me to wear tight, binding clothing.

After 2 weeks outdoors in Georgia I came home feeling like I had a yeast infection, but OTC meds weren't working. My abdominal region got worse. Bumps surfaced. I went to Planned Parenthood, since I can't afford insurance/an MD, and they told me it was probably herpes. I had blood drawn, and they sent me home with acyclovir and lidocaine, neither of which seems to be working. I'll know for sure in 2 weeks.

But I already know. Horror of horrors, I gave it to my boyfriend, who had one of his sores scraped, and came back positive for HSV 1. I've been with my bf, and only my bf, since I met him in December, and prior to this have never had an OB, but I'm picking up the lingo pretty fast.

Guilt is seeping in. I didn't cheat on him, but before I met him I was playing one night stand roulette, always using a condom, which I know doesn't matter for skin to skin. I've lost track of most of the men, I don't know where/how to find them, and I don't know if I should wait for my test results, or if I should go ahead and start calling the ones I do know. And how does that work?

"Wow, you'll never believe what I found in my VJ! Herpes! Get tested!"

"Hi, I don't know if you remember me, but I was the girl in the banana boat hat at that party in either June or July. Just an FYI, you might want to be tested for HSV 1."

"Hey jerkface, it was you, wasn't it? I know it was you."

How is this done?

I have to joke about it. When my crotch is on fire, and it is painful to sit, stand, lay, not to mention do my very physically demanding job, laughing is the only coping mechinism I have left (though the pressure of my diaphram pushing into my abdomin with every guffaw is nothing to sneeze at, which also hurts).

I'm currently searching for ways to relieve the OB that changed my life. Any ointments, OTC drugs, etc?

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at least you wont get the plague.

its very common to not realize your having a outbreak, and mistake it for a yeast infection.

so you had sex with your boyfriend, during your outbreak? that was a bad idea. the risk for giving it to other people during a outbreak is extremly high.

you really cant dweel on the past, i know it might sound great to find out who gave it to you so you can scream, you herpes giving bastard, but really what if they dont give a shit, and look at you and laugh. move on, you have it, dont think of it as your punishment for your actions, cause you dont even know if those men gave it to you. its very possible your bf has it, and gave it to you, or you just had it all along.

ointments will just make the outbreak worse, just try and not move as much as possible, try not to wear any tight clothes infact try to go comando as much as possible. you can take L-lysine, zinc, and b12 to help your immune system.

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I have not and will not be calling any of my previous partners to tell them about my hsv. It's been years now anyway and I'm pretty certain who I got hsv from.

Here is a link with helpful tips for dealing with ob's.


I haven't had an actual ob since March and have actually had very few in the course of 10 years.

Epsom salt baths help alot. So do baths with Aveeno Active Naturals bath powder designed to stop itch.

Cotton undergarments if you can't wear loose clothing. Getting hot and sweaty doesn't help.

Monistat makes an anti-itch spray called Soothing Care. It has pramoxine in it which can help but needs to be re-applied. I like it because you can just spritz it on.

Drink lots of water, eat healthy, take vitamins like c,d, e, and Lysine. Yeast feeds on sugar in your diet. Probiotics can help boost natural bacteria to control the yeast in your digestive tract. Probiotics can be purchased as a supplement but are more widely available in organic yogurts.

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Here's a name: BubonicFree

at least you wont get the plague.

- That's what I keep telling my bf. He fails to see the humor in it. I for one am relieved. I've been plagued (get it) with the fear of the black death since I was of infancy, and now, phew, no more worries.

Thank you WaxedWrong and Caliope, for your sage advice. Epsom salts are high on my list.

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