Hi I’m new to this website, it’s been a year since I found out I have HSV 2. My question is, how likely can genital herpes be spread during sex if the condom tore the skin of the vagina area and it was bleeding a tiny bit? I was intimite with a man recently and we used a condom, it ended up pulling and tearing a small cut on my vagina, towards the end he took the condom off and I didn’t know until afterwards... I am on a suppressive treatment. I take Valtrex once a day but I forget to take it sometimes. what are the chances of him getting it?
I had a less than desirable upbringing with uneducated parents that did not know the importance of communication beyond, "do as I say not as I do." I was tossed into the world very young without knowing about sexually transmitted disease beyond the two common ones, syphilis and gonorrhea, that a bout of penicillin cures so nothing to worry about just make jokes of. I was over 25 before I heard of Aids, just started talking then.
I always went to a clinic for testing after I finished a relationship. I had no idea hsv was not in the routine testing and I did not ask my new partner about cold sore history as I was more focused on my g hsv2 and how to protect them. That was dumb as it turned out 2 had cold sores from childhood and thought nothing of it. I have always told my close friends about my hsv and how prominent it is. What to watch for and that it is not obvious so ask the questions. In fact I recommended testing and paperwork proof. Little did I know that meant nothing. Turns out medicine keeps it's own secrets. I do not have children or family that I know so it has been different for me but I wonder what others do now that you know about this virus and how it works.
Do you believe with the numbers there are of us, who are aware, that perhaps we could have something to do with slowing down the infection rate and removing the stigma? The fact there is a cure for the others has made them a joke but before the cure people died horrible deaths so only time has shown the story around them. I applaud those who stand bravely in front of the www and declare they are infected by a common virus and are doing whatever they can to educate others to protect them. I hope that by telling those I did it gave them more awareness as they had someone to relate to, not just something abstract you hear about "because that is not going to happen to me"!
Do you educate your children or young family members who are going into the fray? Do you put the fear of disease into their minds or do you talk openly as if this is an aspect of life that is there, just like not picking up and petting stray animals? Do you feel having hsv is your responsibility? Are you so angry that you cannot see that your nightmare might be something that can save another soul from your hell?
I get it takes time to deal and absorb the life long ramifications of this dis ease. I have had my time and I always appreciate those shots when someone here says I am happy with my dis ease or nice that it doesn't affect me. I wonder what others are doing beyond railing against a system that does not give them a pill to make this go away. Are you using this time wisely????
Can hsv be spread by kissing someone on the neck while having a coldsore?
Does there have to be a cut on the neck in order for this to happen?
Soooo I messed up. I applied some coconut to my cold sore and didn’t wash my hands. Then I proceeded to get dressed for work. Now I’m wondering, if I touched my vagina while I was getting dressed (like tucking in my shirt or something) could I have transmitted the disease to my genitals? Or would the coconut oil have killed the virus that was on my fingertips?
I do have anxiety and cannot stop thinking about the possibility of transmitting HSV1 to my genitals. I know I should have washed my hands immediately and I realize that I messed up. Please help.
Not sure if this is a dumb question but my first outbreak was quite bad, had about 10-15 sores and was in severe pain. I was just wondering if your first outbreak is more severe does that indicate that future outbreaks will happen more often or is it possible to have a severe initial outbreak and then have very few recurrent outbreaks? I know both are probably possibilities but was just wondering about personal experiences.