I’m still trying to process this but I am a gay male in my late 20’s that was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 in October 2018. I haven’t been sexually active since 2015 and have only engaged in sexual activity with four people in my life. I’m feeling a lot of emotions because of this; sad, angry, confused, violated, ect. Thoughts like who would’ve thought someone like little ole me, compared to all of the VERY promiscuous people in the world, would end up with Genital Herpes ESPECIALLY when I’ve been abstinent and just focusing on myself for years. That was a gunshot to my soul. It’s crazy that I’ve ALWAYS done regular STD testing, thinking I was negative for everything only to find out that Herpes was never included in my testing because I never knew you had to literally ask for that until this year. The CDC and medical industry is so fucked up and wrong for that. I’ve always used protection, except with my first boyfriend but that was back in 2009-2010 and a condom broke with a sexual encounter I had back in 2011 and I remember immediately putting a new one on him. Unfortunately, all of the men I’ve dealt with sexually are questionable. Half of me wants to know who gave this to me but the other half is like what’s the point. I only have access to contact three of them (I don’t know where the other guy is) but I haven’t spoken to two of them in years, one of them in a whole decade and it would be pretty awkward for me years later to write them a message about herpes. My first boyfriend and I are cordial but he’s still immature so it would be very awkward with him. Anyways, as I’ve been thinking and backtracking my life, I would think I caught this back in 2011 because I remember my anus itching so badly but I thought it was just my hair growing back because I do recall shaving before having sex so I guess that was my first outbreak. Other times I would just get a minor itch in and on my buttocks but I never would’ve thought herpes. I’ve never got outbreaks on my penile area. This is all still confusing and baffling to me. I’m still sad and feeling like my future love life was taken from me. I feel like part of my confidence was taken from me. I don’t even feel comfortable flirting and finding people attractive right now. I’m just releasing my thoughts about my situation but I do have questions. My results also came back saying I had extremely low Vitamin D deficiency; does HSV-2 have something to do with that? Is there a test I could take to tell me exactly when I contracted this virus? This question may be TMI but I masturbate and I notice that a lot of sperm doesn’t cum out sometimes, does HSV-2 have something to do with that?
Anyone else feel like their cell phone and/or laptop is a trigger? My OBs were few and far between until about 10yrs ago. About the same time I transitioned from my desk top computer with a cable WiFi connection to my WiFi enabled laptop. It's also about the time I switched from my Blackberry to a smartphone where I began to spend lots of time surfing the web. Even now, if I wear my phone on my hip with the bluetooth and WiFi enabled for extended periods of time, I start to feel an ache in my HSV2 zone. My wife does not have this experience. Her only trigger is her period about twice a year. So I doubt this is terribly common. But I KNOW it's not my imagination.
Going on 11 weeks of back to back obs. I was diagnosed with HSV2 but it is on the palm of my hand. I just now started taking daily antivirals. Im nervous about taking the meds and any side effects I could get from taking them daily, also wondering if my body will become immune to them?
Is it normal to have so many outbreaks?
I’ve never had an ob on my genitals but I feel like I would know if I ever had right? I’m scared because my dr told me I didn’t need to tell my sexual partners and didn’t need to worry about using condoms because the ob is on my hand and I always keep it covered. Last night I started freaking out about the possibility of having it on my Genitals and wondering if I have passed it to my current partner and I’m freaking out about having to tell him. Can anyone help? I have a doctors appointment next week so I’m stuck waiting and stressing until then.
Im avoiding caffeine and I’m taking lysine plus a million other vitamins. What are common triggers that you all deal with? I’m staring to think I’m having so many long lasting ob’s because I’m in the sun all the time? How does that even trigger the ob?
I've been looking at this forum for a while and was hoping to get some advice. I've had ongoing issues for about a month and it's not really clear what's going on. I'm gonna start from the beginning:
I was drunk and had anal sex unprotected for a very brief period of time, less than a minute, before my wits came about me and we stopped having sex altogether. About a week after, I noticed a pinching pain on the right dorsal (upward) side of my glans penis. I began to suspect a herpes prodrome, since I've had a herpes scare in the past (HSV-1 -- came back negative). I started panicking and the pinching lasted for about 2 days, and no lesions or noticeable redness appeared, so eventually I figured it was nothing. ~1 week after this, I wake up for a tailgate and notice a small red patch, completely flat, with no lesions in the foreskin. I figured it was some kind of irritation and went about my business for the day. Then, the following day (so about 2 weeks out now), I'm laying down and notice a sudden sharp pain on the shaft of my penis. I notice a red jagged rash and monitor it throughout the day, it has a burning sensation. However, by the next morning (less than 24 hours later), the redness is completely gone; in the following days dry skin begins to develop in tiny circles, similar to how eczema resolves (definitely not raised scabs). I go to my university doctor, and he tests me for the normal STD panel, but says he doesn't notice anything abnormal about my penis (the dryness was very faint at this point and he didn't look very closely or use any viewing instrument). Test comes back positive for chlamydia, I begin treatment, and the symptoms for chlamydia start and end over the course of that week. I begin to develop a burning sensation in my scrotum and extending down the perineum to my anus (no contact occurred there) and notice a smell similar to a yeast infection/intertrigo (which I'm prone to). I also notice three raw "cuts) in the folds of my foreskin (I'm circumcised but have some excess skin), in addition to flat pin prick red dots along the rim of the glans with no fluid center, almost like fine point sharpie. I treated cuts with zinc oxide ointment and they dried up really fast, and the burning went away after a shower. I go home for the weekend preparing for spring break, and decide to start treating with gold bond spray and lotrimin, convinced that this is a fungal or yeast infection. That night I notice a small pinprick size raised white spot, doesn't really seem to contain fluid, but I panicked and made a second doctors appointment with my primary care. By the time I wake up like 7 hours later, the whitehead is gone aside from some very slight redness in a tiny pinprick spot, the doctor says it's nothing, but prescribes me Valtrex in case of emergency on vacation and orders HSV IgG test (now just under 4 weeks out). I didn't take valtrex and symptoms subsided but don't disappear altogether. I get a call from the doctor, HSV-1 and HSV-2 both negative, I'm aware that tests aren't fully accurate until ~12 weeks, but I take it as a good sign. However, towards the end of the following week, I begin to notice redness on ventral side of penis by the urethra. I treat it with fungal creams etc and it kind of comes and goes over the course of the week. At the end of the week I had a long travel day, and notice that it is significantly worse, there is raised skin and irritation but no fluid-filled lesions or scabs. I start taking the 3-day course of Valtrex, while still treating with fungal cream, which leads me to today. Fungal cream appears to be irritating the inflammation, so I just stopped, but I notice redness in my foreskin again near where it was before. Still no noticeable lesions, hardly any pain. When I urinate it passes over the inflammation on the glans and even then it doesn't really hurt at all. There is very slight burning in the red region.
I'm sorry to give so much context but it's been a long and stressful journey. Has anyone had similar symptoms? The time frame is strange, the symptoms are strange, and I'm confused as to how to interpret the test results at 4 weeks. However, since I acquired chlamydia, it doesn't seem far off that I would acquire another STD, especially given this all began after that event.
Thanks in advance for the help.
EDIT: I also developed eczema during my trip (likely due to sun exposure or possibly stress) but this could be a potential confounder. Also, friction and masturbation both definitely appear to contribute to the inflammation.
I am a female who was diagnosed with HSV 2 in October.
I had abstained from sex until then as I was not seeing anyone consistently and wanted to stay on the safe side. I was getting quite of few outbreaks in November (not on suppressive meds), but I would only take valtrex at the first sign of an outbreak -for three days as it was prescribed to me. Luckily, December I did not get any and over the weekend I had went out. I was taking valtrex 500 mg 2x a day off and on during the week leading up to Fri.
Long story short, Friday I went out drinking and ended up having sex. At first, I insisted on a condom which was used initially, but then we had sex one more time after without one and now I am so scared that he may have got something from me. I don't really know this guy, he is a mutual friend, but the thought of giving him something is killing me. I know my diagnosis is fairly new so I'm not sure how contagious I am right now.
I really try to eat super healthy and exercise regularly. I hardly go out, drink or do drugs...only occasionally and this was one of those occasions. Extremely scared. Please help. Thanks.
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