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I was diagnosed about 7 months ago, I take some really long named medication that starts with a V twice a day every, every day. I have not had another outbreak since my primary. My primary outbreak was on my anal area. I have read online that just because you have your primary outbreak in one are doesn’t mean it will never show up in another ie; vaginally or orally. I’ve also heard the virus does not travel throughout the body which sounds weird to me. Has anyone found this to be true or are most/all of your outbreaks in the same location as your primary or are they everywhere? 

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The virus does not travel through the body due to the nature of how it infects. Unlike most viruses which move through the blood system, HSV attacks specific nerve branches and remains in them. There have been cases of systemic herpes but they involve infants and people who are immuno compromised (think late stage AIDs, Cancer patients.)

Due to the fact HSV lives in nerves it does not really move around much. It picks a branch and stays there. It can break out on any surface of the body that that particular nerve branch ennervates. This is why you can have an initial outbreak on the vulva but later have outbreaks on the anal area or even the buttcheek, as that nerve branch serves the whole genital area, the buttocks and the thighs.

The virus HEAVILY favors it's initial 'entrance'/ initial OB area. As to specifically why I could not tell you. There may be some scientific literature out there on it.

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    • viralfrog
      Having HSV-2 has not bothered me at all for casual sex. I'm just avoiding sex during outbreaks, on suppressive therapy and using condoms every time with casual partners. Since my outbreaks appear on top of my penis, even during an outbreak the risk is minimal if I put a condom on as soon as I take my underwear off.  I guess it might be a slightly different case for a girl as if you have external lesions around your groin you could still infect someone even using a condom. And of course, condoms can break, which has happened to me over 10 times and caused myself to get infected in the first place.  I see it as a much more difficult now having a serious relationship, because I can't feel much with a condom on and really want stop using them. However, I don't want to put my new girlfriend to any risk - I would feel terrible if I infected her. 
    • viralfrog
      Does anyone have experience about people's reactions to Herpes in Asia? Personally I live in Thailand where I also caught the virus as a condom broke 4 years ago.  Unfortunately I infected my ex-girlfriend with HSV-2. This was just after I had caught the virus myself and we had sex before I noticed and realised what it was. In the beginning, a local doctor told me I have just hurt my foreskin with my jeans' zipper and the tests came as negative. After getting tested later it came as positive.  Anyways, my ex-gf (well educated, professional, 26 years old then) she had no idea what Herpes was in the first place. She didn't really care too much about it and didn't bother to get tested. During our 3 year relationship we kept having unprotected sex as usual and she never had any issues until at the end one day. She had a very minor outbreak once and nothing after that (lucky her, no like myself who gets terrible symptoms non-stop). I know she has a strong immune system, because she was never sick despite myself having bad colds quite often. In any case, she could not care less about this virus and didn't mind at all.

      I've seen a lot of hysteria surrounding Herpes in Europe and the US. What has been your experience in South-East Asian countries like Thailand? Do people perceive HSV-2 as a worrying disease? 
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      The jury is still out as there needs to be additional experiments. Editas' results make me believe dosing was insufficient among other issues.
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      Wow interesting !! But how did they provide it to him !! I mean he is 27 years old !!

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