Since May I have been taking Valtrex. At first it was 500mg once a day then it increased to 1000mg once a day in June after frequent outbreaks persisted. I've had a total of 9 outbreaks since May and was diagnosed with hsv2 in March of this year. The past three weeks I've had severe dizziness, especially when lying down and getting up in the mornings. Today my doctor suggested taking acyclovir 400mg twice a day. Has anyone switched from acyclovir to valtrex and experienced better results/less breakouts?
Hey there! I'm hoping you guys can help me sort this out, as I'm really frustrated at the moment. Apologies in advance for the novel!
So the situation is this...
Trying to be a responsible adult, I had my doctor order a full STD panel a few years ago. In Dec 2015 I tested positive on an IgG test for HSV-2. My value was >8.0. Had them retest me again a year later (again an IgG) and my value came back as "positive" again (with no number value - the test just either said positive or negative.) When I had these tests done I wasn't showing any symptoms and I didn't have any scrapings or cultures run. So it was just the IgG tests. The positive result came as a huge shock to me. And my doctor at the time never talked to me about the results. So I just assumed from that day onward that I had HSV-2 - and he prescribed me Valacylovir basically because I asked him to. (Because I'd read that's what one should take.)
So what do you all think? Do I have HSV-2? I've been living with the impression since the IgG test - and the mental anguish - that I DO indeed have HSV-2. Her comments have made me feel like wanting to know my own medical status is asking too much and that I'm making too big a deal over potentially having herpes.
Ok, so I just got a response from her (I wrote her a somewhat disgruntled letter last night.) She makes the distinction between "active" disease and "exposure." And that "you are not considered to have active disease until you have diagnosed lesions." Sounds like it's usually the other way around and the IgG test is done to confirm the swabs/culture. Anyway, she says she's following the CDC guidelines. But I think she's misunderstanding what the CDC guidelines are:
"Asymptomatic persons who receive a diagnosis of HSV-2 infection by type-specific serologic testing should receive the same counseling messages as persons with symptomatic infection. In addition, such persons should be educated about the clinical manifestations of genital herpes. Because nearly all HSV-2 infections are sexually acquired, the presence of type-specific HSV-2 antibody IMPLIES ANGONITAL INFECTION. Intermittent asymptomatic shedding occurs in persons with genital HSV-2 infection, even in those with longstanding or clinically silent infection. "
I read that to say that, yes, I have it, despite being "clinically silent" (i.e. no lesions) and that I'm still contagious. I don't think she should be telling people that they don't have "active disease" when they're still ultimately contagious. Do you all agree with my conclusion?
(And btw, I live in CA and apparently we have a law now that says you must disclose if you know you're positive. So it's even more important that I know for sure.)
Thanks so much for your advice and feedback!!
I’ve been talking to this guy for about a month. We are not exclusive, by we hangout regularly. Two weeks ago, we went out and got really drunk. Like, I was in and out of sleep drunk by the time we got to his house. He ate me out 2 times, we fell asleep then he took me home.
When I wokeup the next morning, I felt really bad. I try to disclose before sex, but I was too drunk that night.
I still haven’t told him. We haven’t done anything since then. I don’t know how to backtrack and disclose. I normally tell before clothes come off. He keeps saying that there’s something I’m hiding but he knows it isn’t bad. I’m just afraid to tell him because he knows so many people at my job and in my community.
Just need some ideas/help on how to tell him now that we’ve been intimate.
About four months ago I decided to get a full panel STD test. I didn't have any symptoms or reason to get checked other than just wanting to. I went to Labcorp and got my blood drawn. A few days later I received the results, and to my horror I came back positive for HSV type 2 with an IGG score of 1.99. I was in complete shock when I saw the results.
I started googling herpes since I knew next to nothing about it, and discovered that there was a chance that it could be a false positive. Anything under a 3.5 falls into a low positive zone where the test could be a false positive. The only way to know for sure was so send my blood off for a Western Blot test, which is 99% accurate. So I waited the three months that they recommend and then sent off for the test. The process was really easy. I just contacted Terri Warren at westover heights clinic and she helped me with everything! It was by far the longest three months of my life though. I got the results back today and I am NEGATIVE!!!!!!! If you are diagnosed but fall into that low positive zone, do yourself a favor and get the western blot. It isn't cheap but it is worth the peace of mind. This is a forever diagnosis.