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HappyPanda93

Hello everyone! I am a new member of this group. 

I was in the emergency room on Friday for a yeast infection and lots of urinary discomfort. They didn't see any signs of herpes right away. They sent me home with a few days worth of Fluconazole, but  then early Saturday morning I recieved a call. They did a culture on the discharge, and found out I have HSV-1. I'm not sure how I got it. I had a long term boyfriend for over 2 years but we practiced safe sex. I have been doing some research and found that the kind I have is transmitted through cold sores. But it has been over a year since I've engaged in oral sex. I'm still in shock and denial about this whole thing.

I saw my Gynecologist on Monday. She prescribed even more medication. I am taking Fluconazole, Acyclovir, and a pain gel that I can apply directly to the area. I am very scared. I don't know how to tell my loved ones, my friends, anyone. I'm scared of the day I finally settle down with the guy I am currently seeing only to tell him this and potentially  lose him.

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WilsoInAus

OK try to calm down here, there is much to work through.

I think starting with your partner, he is likely to be the source and hence likely to have HSV-1. He cannot be reinfected so to speak and hopefully will realise this and enable your relationship to continue exactly as it is. This is the only person who (potentially) needs to know. I wouldn't be telling anyone else for now unless you are 100% comfortable you'll receive understanding and support. It really isn't anyone's business except for sexual partners!

This sounds pretty bad at present which would suggest a recent infection, but you say no oral sex for a year?

I guess this may come back to testing. Was it really the swab that was positive? Or was there a blood test as well and the IgG antibodies where positive? I'm guessing you've never had oral cold sores?

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HappyPanda93

Ah yes, I have just told my mother what's going on and she is being very supportive. I suppose my ex boyfriend (the one I dated for over 2 years) could be the source of all this since he is the last person I engaged in oral sex with. But my current partner has been really kind about all this. He isn't scared of me which is what I feared would happen.

I have had cold sores recently, but yes no oral for well over a year.

All I know is they did a culture on the swab they used in the emergency room. That is what came back positive for HSV-1. When I went to the gyno they said that is definitely true as I have quite a few clusters hidden around my genitals. Would it be a good idea to get blood tests done? I'm still so scared about all this. I never thought I'd have an STD but I guess it happens to a lot of people. I know I was surprised when I read the statistics on how many people in the US alone have Herpes of some sort! 

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WilsoInAus

The swab confirms an infection.

Is it a recent infection from your current partner? Probably, although this would indicate what you think are cold sores probably are not.

The blood test result will be interesting as it will be negative if this is a recent infection.

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HappyPanda93

I'm making a doctor appointment this morning since I somehow managed to get a cold or bronchitis now. Should I ask about the blood test? Would it be a good idea? 

I imagine this infection is from my current partner. I don't know how else I could have gotten it. 

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Hansje

What WilsolnAus says. You could have a blood test now (IGG, not IGM) and after three or four months again.

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