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How frequent an outbreak? Does it really differ from person to person?


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I've just had my first outbreak since last week.

This Mon, the Dr diagnosed it as herpes (1 or 2, I've not idea). She put me on a 5 day 200g x 3 times daily Acyclovir, and now I'm feel much better.

I've read about some people having outbreaks frequently yet there are others who've never had theirs in years, does it really just depends on when the virus strikes, when we're low in immunity?

As I'm still learning to cope with it, I suspect my OB was due to the fact that I just came back from meeting my partner (it's a long distance relationship, absolutely heartbroken) + the stress of having to now cope with work all alone + end of holiday period + the next holiday seems months away. My partner doesn't show any signs, he's not willing to go for checks, he says he's clean. I'm still trying to cope with accepting and living with this fact. I'm also unsure how we're going to face it together. It's like adding more strain to this already difficult long distance relationship that we're having now.

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Sorry you are going through this. It's not often that when people say "I know what you are going through" that its 100% true. H is somewhat of an enigma as it relates to OBs because no two people bodies respond to it the same way. Yes, there are triggers that seem to be a baseline but even still they may or may not effect us the same. I only get tingles, though I was gifted with both 1 &2. I have read and heard that a strong immune system does help.

Most people don't show any signs or symptoms but it does not mean they are H free so your boyfriend could very well be amongst the H family. Learn as much as you can about it and pass the information on to him. Many times people who say they don't have it or refuse to test may already suspect they do. Most facilities don't automatically test for H so if he has never tested he don't know if he is H free or not.

Coping with this alone sucks but sites like this one is great any very comforting.

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