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RGH1119

I just got my culture back about an hour ago and it was hsv-1 positive. I was wondering, I had read that generally you only get sick/fever/chills/sore throat with hsv-2. I was sick with strep for the first time in my life, fever off and on and nobody in my house caught it by the way so I wasnt contagious, I assumed it was from the herpes infection. Is that normal? Does getting sick happen with hsv-1 also?

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When a genital infection occurs, then symptoms are quire focused on the genital region with some general malaise related to the 'toxic shock' of the immune system kicking in. Sometimes a sore throat accompanies this as part of the 'flu' style symptoms, but not commonly with a genital herpes infection outside of that region.

Strep is bacterial so if this was correctly diagnosed then this is its own agent and not related to your herpes infection at all.

What people tend to find is that HSV does not, in and of itself, make you sick in any way. However other bacteria or viruses can tax your body making conditions right for HSV to over replicate and cause outbreaks.

It must be a shock for, sorry to hear about the outcome. I trust though that you will be able to put this behind you in the medium term and that you belong to the quite large proportion of women with genital HSV-1 for whom the initial outbreak is all they'll ever really experience by way of symptoms in their life!

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