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CopingWithG

Hi guys,

So I am new to all this, but I'm struggling with life and needed to chat to someone.

I got diagnosed with genital HSV-1 when I was 19. In the first year I had a few nasty outbreaks, then 18 months of nothing, then one odd outbreak, and now I am currently 2.5 years clear.

I feel like I should be happy and content with life because I know it could be so so so much worse. But, genital HSV-1 rules my life!

Every time I get the tiniest rash / tingle / itch / pain / swollen gland I panic... I tell myself its because I've shaved or because I went heavy at the gym. I try to convince myself its not a outbreak. This it simply is just shaving rash or achy sore legs. I am constantly reaching for acyclovir when I probably don't need it. I feel every day is just a ticking clock waiting for the next outbreak. 

This has all got worse since I started dating my new boyfriend - I told him but he simply thinks it just a "cold sore down there that stops me from having sex every so often".

So my questions are...

1) Does anyone feel their lives are rules by HSV and how do they deal with it - do I need to talk to a professional? How can I stop panicking?

2) Does it ever go away? Any "success" stories? Am I worrying over nothing because it has been so long since my last outbreak?

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friendlyboy
On 22/3/2018 at 8:23 PM, CopingWithG said:

1) Does anyone feel their lives are rules by HSV and how do they deal with it - do I need to talk to a professional? How can I stop panicking?

At first it did, now, a year later, I've learned to just accept the situation. It bothers me no more, even though I have daily OBs and I'm on daily AV, for as long as I keep OBs under control. Btw I have HSV2

On 22/3/2018 at 8:23 PM, CopingWithG said:

2) Does it ever go away? Any "success" stories? Am I worrying over nothing because it has been so long since my last outbreak?

Most people don't ever get an OB, or at least notice one. Most who notice won't get a recurrent disease, or at least their symptoms are so mild they don't notice. Stop worrying, you are in this group.

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junderstands

I don't blame you for panicking. You can try to express yourself to someone who knows you have it, but I know not everyone is so understanding. I would find any way to express your feelings. It seems like the problem you're having is more mental than physical and just venting might relax you. 

As far as what I've read, HSV-1 in the genital area TENDS to be much less pervasive than HSV-2 and usually goes away completely with time. I don't think you should worry.

If you keep having trouble I would be happy to listen. Goodluck 

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