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For Christmas this year I (20F) got genital herpes! It totally ruined this Christmas spirit.

I'm not sure what type I have exactly. I had an outbreak of sores on my mouth (nothing like cold sores) and some on my vagina at the same time, and only the mouth ones were able to be tested and came up as HSV1. However, I've had cold sores practically my whole life so I'm not sure if it was a new outbreak or if it was flaring up because my stress level was very high and because of the outbreak I had on my genitals. I think the hardest part is not knowing what kind of genital herpes I have currently. I'll get blood tested in a few months, and see if I come back with HSV2 or not. 

I don't know where I got it. I told my two most recent partners. The one, K, went and got blood tested and said he was negative for both, and the other, M, said he was going to get tested but I'm not sure if I'll hear back from him. They were both nice about it and thanked me...but I could sense they didn't really want to talk to me any longer. Well, K wished me a Happy New Years which was nice. It's not like I particularly cared about either of these guys, but I'm trying to be hopeful about my future dating prospects and they're not helping haha.

I guess I'm here because I know nobody in real life that has this same thing, and I was hoping to meet and talk to other people who had it. I guess I'll go explore the site now.

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This forum is full of some great information and wonderful people. I too was diagnosed this month. It is a learning process and you have to keep an open mind....

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Hello everyone. For those of you who dont know there is a promising vaccine created by Rational Vaccines, called theravax. Dr. Halford has asked that we petition our local congressmen to bring the vaccine to america. I decided to start a petition that we can submit to congress to bring awareness to this condition they deem "no big deal." if everyone could please sign and share maybe we can all get one step closer to a normal life again.



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Having this virus oral will actually help prevent you from getting it genital, although not 100%.  

There are so many other things that can cause symptoms similar to this virus.  Here is a link to a post that talks about what is commonly confused with this virus:


Unless you have a sore they can sway you may not know for 16 weeks since you think you were infected because that is the length of time most experts say to get tested.

Good luck!


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    • FirstTimeUser
      @WilsoInAuswould appreciate your thoughts as have seen you comment quite a bit before!
    • Marlena
      Good morning. My name is Marlena and I come from Poland. Sorry, my English is average. For two years I have been in a relationship with a man, for a year and a half I have been struggling with intimate problems. On average, my intimate condition is getting worse every month. Then I feel itching, redness, swelling around the entrance to the vagina, small blisters (not always). Most often it is only red and swollen, itches and then disappears. This state lasts 3-4 days. I come from a small town, doctors don't know what it is. They say it's 'skin irritation'. They prescribe moisturizing creams with lactic acid, probiotics. It doesn't help. I did a blood test for HSV on my own, which is very expensive in Poland, but it does not separate HSV1 from HSV2. The doctor, when he shows these results, says that it's not herpes, but irritation. I would like to add that in the past I suffered from herpes on the lips, then it was a 'scab'. There has never been a scab in an intimate area. Sometimes there are blisters that last 1-2 days, but not always. So what do high blood test results mean? I would like to add that in Poland people do not talk about the HSV virus. It's just that sometimes someone has it on their lips and that's it. Results translation: IgM HSV 1/2: questionable IgG HSV 1/2: result above the measuring range https://files.fm/f/4cpu7uee4  
    • FirstTimeUser
      This is my first time posting here. Im generally pretty anxious when it comes to anything to do with health conditions etc. For context I have had jock itch and fungal infections previously on my buttcrack. I have had 0 new sexual partners and I am not concerned about my girlfriend cheating at all. 4 days ago my balls began itching and red pretty much all over, as you can see some general flakeyness and what looks to be a lesion I noticed on Monday when I checked them out. My partner and I do get cold sores from time to time so the anxious part of me is concerned this could be herpes, but at the same time could be some sort of fungal infection. My doctor cant see me until tomorrow so I just have to worry until then. There is no pain and nothing on the penis or anywhere else, just general itchiness. Any ideas if this is herpes or not?  
    • Jeremy Spokein
      Yes, but every married person who I found out about that has this waited 6-8 months into the relationship to disclose it. But maybe you're right. If I had told her 6-7 months in, she'd still have Googled it and flipped out, and maybe it would have been harder then. I don't know. I don't see myself going through this level of pain and rejection so easily next time. I really don't. I'm taking the meds. I use protection. It's been almost a decade since I've had it so I'm not worried about shedding or passing it on so easily. British studies confirm that the first 2 years are the most contagious and we're passed that. I'm just over this. I've never been in so much emotional pain in my life.
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      @WilsoInAus would really appreciate your input please. Kinda freaking out lol. 
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