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Intentionallyliving

Hello everyone, 

I was diagnosed with GHSV1 at the beginning of August after having strep throat, flu like symptoms and what i thought was a yeast infection. 

After visting my OBGYN and getting cultures of all STDs and lab work for herpes (no visual lesions) I was devistared to hear my results were positive for Herpes. she told me this is a reaccurance or it would not have shown up on my lab work. 

I have been with my current boyfriend for going on 4 years, both of us had thought we had Been tested for “everything” before we got together but, due to lack of education I was wrong. He is sure he got a blood test a few years back, however i have only gotten routine cultures. 

Thinking back, My previous boyfriend Before my current did have a history of “cold sores” however i don’t recall him having many symptoms throughout our relationship. We did partake in a lot of unprotected vaginal and oral sex. The last year of our relationship we suffered from a miscarriage at 12 weeks, After my D&C i do recall having what i thought was hemerroids and they were accompanied by the feeling of a UTI, i summed it all up from the traumatic miscarriage and catheter and pushed it all out of my head and tried to move forward. The month after that i partaked in a lot of drug and alcohol abuse to numb the pain. 

It was a random day i woke up and decided i had to make a change. I started focusing on my health and wellness, lost 30lbs and split up with that boyfriend. 

From that moment on up until now i have been asymtomatic, i still had your random episodes of bacterial or yeast infections as well as the sores i “thought” were hemroids but nothing to this extent. 

I am currently having my second episode in 2 months. And inbetween episodes although the pain subsided i could still tell something is off.I check myself almost daily and from what i can see there aren’t any nasty lesions you would think would be known as herpes. I do however had extreme burning, itching and pain on my vaginal and rectum areas. Before the burning starts i usually have tingling and itching. I also have some urethra pain when the OB is at its worst. I also have an itchy rash on my underarms. I  am also suffering from anxiety because of this.

I have been taking antivirals to help with the outbreaks but, they haven’t been doing much this time around. 

My question is, is it normal to not have many lesions, or is it possible these leasions are so small i can barely see them? 

I am open to any natural remedies you guys have to offer as I’m still adjusting to this new diagnosis. 

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WilsoInAus

Hey @Intentionallyliving It is really important to understand which test exactly came up with a positive for HSV-1. Was it the culture or the blood test (IgG or IgM)?

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Intentionallyliving

@WilsoInAus it was the blood test. She ended up NOT giving me a culture swab because she couldn’t see any clear leasions and didn’t want Me to have to pay for two tests because i didn’t have insurance at the time. After all cultures came back negative she told me to go get labs done and that’s when I tested positive for HSV1 

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WilsoInAus

@Intentionallyliving that most likely means you have an established oral HSV-1 infection. Did the doctor talk through this interpretation?

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Intentionallyliving

@WilsoInAus after my first outbreak she basiclly just explained that somewhere down the line i contracted the HSV1 most likely orally but possibly genital and that it’s possibly that in years past i was misdiagnosed because my symptoms weren’t heavy. I didn’t actually go talk to her in person after my diagnosis just over the phone. She prescribed the antivirals which helped a lot the first time around but this time it’s working a bit slower, i have had quite a few colds, infections, flu the past few years and it seems my immune system is pretty low. Trying to find ways to build itback up and start focusing on myover all health. 

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