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Is there a known waxing and waning period?

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MessedUpBadly

Do we know the way the virus works with regards to it's schedule of waxing and waning in outbreaks? is there generally a longer dormancy period after the first outbreak?

Like i just had my first painful genital outbreak mid February that lasted for ~2 weeks. Is there a usual pattern of dormancy of let's say a week or two? 

 

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Scooby2112

Depends on the virus type to a degree.  For HSV2 which is likely to recur the most, In the first 6 months it is the most unpredictable.  After a year a more normal pattern is likely to present with periods of a month or more with no symptoms.  

During that initial period you may have outbreaks "back to back" and frequently.  

Suppressive AVs will help shorten the duration and frequency.  

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