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Hi there

Something that has been occupying my thoughts recently is the statistic '80% of people that have herpes don't know they have it'. 

Surely there must be some kind of symptoms, even if it's as small as a spot?

The reason I ponder this fact is that I'm still unsure as to when I contracted GHSV2. My first initial outbreak was horrendous, loaded with a fever, achy muscles, discharge and the incapability to walk or even pass urine in comfort! So in other words, very far from mild.This happened in September this year a week after I was sexual active (condoms religiously used!) .

However I remember in February this year after unprotected sex with a different guy I did develop a little pus filled spot on my bikini line that was deeper than usual. But I just passed it off as a spot from shaving.

I then had no issues at all down below until July, when I developed another pus filled spot on my bikini line (I actually still have a scar from it today!). Then boom in September my first initial outbreak occurred a week after protected sex, that was quite rough and made me a bit sore down there.


So my question is, could these deep spots be mild symptoms of HSV2? And could the rough sex have triggered my extreme and very noticeable outbreak a good 8 months later?

Thanks in advance. Peace and love!!!! <3

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Well the guy I caught it from had a cut on his penis four hours after we had sex, this was the third time we had sex in a month. He told me he had the cut before and it was a friction cut and it healed last time within a week. I was a little skeptic all but was like okay, three days later I fell ill, bad headaches and exhaustion. Then a week later I had an ulcer in my vagina.

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I've never seen a sore or blister down below, so if my PCP didn't randomly screen me for it I might have gone my whole life without knowing. However, now that I'm aware I wonder how many of those "yeast infections" I had over the years were really "yeast infections." I went to my OBGYN a few months after my diagnosis thinking I was having an outbreak, and he couldn't find any lesions. The swab came up positive for BV. I honestly don't know what to think at this point. I have a lot of pain that comes and goes in severity in my left leg, which is said to be a possible symptom of HSV2, but until I see a neurologist I suppose I won't know for sure. Valtrex and acyclovir both didn't help. In fact, I feel better off of them. 

It's been confusing, to say the least. My tither was very high, 20+ on the IGG, so no hope for false positive.

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