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Typical GHSV-1?


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Hey all!

I'm hoping some may be able to shed some light on my issue. I was visually diagnosed almost 3 years ago with Genital Herpes. Two weeks ago after experiencing outbreak after outbreak I took a type specific blood test that showed I'm positive for type 1 and not type 2. 

My outbreaks don't look like any herpes pictures I've found online. They are characterized by long cuts down the sides of my labia and around my perinium that sting, itch and bleed when I wipe after urinating. There is never any scabbing or blisters that I've seen. My doctor never took a swab because she said if it's been after two days since the OB started the swab won't be accurate. These usually happen twice a month or more even when taking antivirals every day. It's so discouraging. 

I guess I'm just looking to see if anyone else has had this much trouble with type 1 genitally? I was told since type 1 prefers the mouth area that it wouldn't cause too much trouble genitally. I have NOT found that to be the case for me unfortunately. 

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I have done quite a bit of reading on hsv1.  I have hsv1 orallly but have stuff like that occur(straight line ob's).

I think it might be staph, fungus/yeast instead of hsv1.

Can hsv1 present differently?  Yes it can.  Do you eat a lot of carbs and sugary foods?  That tends to cause issues w me.

Not sure and cannot definitively say yes or no.  I'd have it swabbed....

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I believe i have ghsv1 for over a year now. My blood test only shows hsv1 but my first outbreak was an anal fissure, i still don't understand how hsv1 could cause such a strange symptom like that. But its been over a year and the anal fissure has never gone away even after antivirals. Im not really sure whats going on because ive had the fissure swabbed twice and they both came back neg. :dunno:

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