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Understanding hsv2- newly diagnosed

Constant Diplomat

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Hello Group,

I'm a newly diagnosed male member of the hsv2 crew, and am glad to have found this forum. I have already done some reading here- most of what I've read is very encouraging, and I'm hoping some of the experienced members can answer offer some insights into hsv2.

I was diagnosed about two weeks ago after experiencing burning during urination. They took blood, and gave me antivirals (famciclovir) in the meantime. By the time the blood work came back, the meds had begun to ease my symptoms, and upon receiving the positive result, was prescribed a longer course of famciclovir.

During this course, within a few days the burning while urinating stopped, but I began experiencing severe skin sensitivities on my thighs and a bad sore throat- these symptoms varied throughout the day and within another few days the skin sensitivities faded.

I never had bumps or lumps or sores, although the opening of my urethra became red and inflamed. Two weeks on and my penis is 90% healed but the final bit of redness either isn't going away, or is taking its sweet time to fade. From time to time my thighs tingle a little still....

I am having a hard time differentiating between the prodrome symptoms which precede an OB, and the neuralgia that succeed an OB.

Having read my description can anybody offer an insight?

I am continuing the famciclovir in the hope it will knock the tail ends of my symptoms out the ball park. Luckily the sore throat and lethargy has subsided in the last two days.

Ive found that gargling salt water with a squirt of betadine (iodine) really helps the sore throat and throat inflammation, which for me was really bad.

Any advice and insight would be much appreciated.













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This warrants more in depth review.

What sexual contact did you have in the week before symptoms appeared?

These symptoms are not always caused by herpes, even if you are infected, I'm not sure these particular symptoms are necessarily related.

Did they take a swab?

What blood test did they do? What was the exact result?

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We all wish this had never crossed our path; however,  after some  immune adjusts and prayers it gets better.

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They swabbed and took blood. All I was told is they found the hsv2 dna. How much more specific can the result be? I've read here people saying they were 'a 5' or 'a 10'.... But I have no idea what this means. I was just told the blood work shows the virus dna. 

Regarding the sexual activity... I had been with a new partner, we had sex while she was menstruating and had a tampon in... There was trauma to my penis, and within a day or two, painful urination. A few days later I visited the clinic and the timeline of the story of my original post begins there. Since then the ladies results have come back positive for hsv2 also. 

Maybe I wasn't specific enough- the prodrome/neuralgia came after I actually began the antivirals. These symptoms have eased from the extreme pain they once were, but they tend to come and go, and there is lingering redness at the tip of my penis which hasn't gone away yet... 


sorry for the delay, I thought I posted this the other night but it mustn't have gone through. Since then the prodrome has come and gone and returned again. Even my penis is sensitive.


any offers of advice peeps?  

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When I look closer in the right light, I can see very small bumps forming.


would I be right to presume that the antivirals are holding back an outbreak but not knocking the virus back entirely? 


Maybe I need to lay off the meds, let an OB slip thru and hopefully build some antibodies?



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CD.  I had similar symptoms like. When i had my first OB i had 2 bumps on my penis that i tried pop with a needle. They ended up becoming postules.  I googled images to try a figure out what i had.  So i decided to just get blood work done. I also went to a clinic the doc there said they were herpetic but to come back if they come back so he can swab them. He was acting like it was no big deal and that it,ll go away in 10 to 14 days. He gave me a prescription of aciclovir. I took it for 4 days. In that i did have a faint rash on my thighs and they would tingle. So stop the aciclovir after my blood test came back negative for everything. I also had burning urination and the tip was red. I thought it was clamydia. Everything cleared on its own in 12 days . Then 2 weeks later.  The symptoms came back and i got small postules on my abdomen right wear the underwear waist band sits.  And 2 bumps on my shaft. I went to a different clinic where the doc confirmed with me it was herpes. So iask for the IGg blood test to determine which one.  4 days later it came back as hsv 2 .  This time i asked for valtrex. He prescribed as years worth for me to tak 1000mg a day . After a month i drop the dosage down to 500mg.  But i have been symptom free for 2.5 months.  I still drink coffee , beer,  foods with arginine. I just also take lysine when i do.   Ithink the rashes and sore throats are all about the body learning how to fight this disease.  Just give it time and just accept your fate and live your life. Also read this forum regularly to see what people use to treat the symptoms and try them to see what works for.

i hope this helps. I,m just trying to pay it forward becuase this site has helped me alot with all it,s onfo


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Thanks Jim2k. I'm the kinda guy to push on and fight, so there's that... but yeah it can be very confusing. I feel like the virus is trying to break out. The Prodrome is even making my penis sensitive in the same way my thighs are and my lymph nodes in the groin are still swollen... Hopefully you're right and the symptoms will subside with time. On the plus side, no more sore throats, and no rashes.

I think I'll be able to deal with HSV2 much better when I'm not aching, and my dick is back to it's squeaky clean self!

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