I'm new to this forum and was wondering if anyone could provide any input to what my photos might indicate.
Long story short, I received oral from my girlfriend on Aug 16th and noticed first symptoms of pain in penis area on Aug 18th. We also had protected sex.
The very first symptom I noticed was burning sensation in my urethra only 2 days after the sex. Today is Aug 20th and I still have that sensation (it feels worse when I masturbate/ejaculate). Other current symptoms: dull lower abdominal pain and loose stool (not necessarily diarrhea).
The thing that alarms me most are these extremely tiny little bubbles that I'm pretty sure were never there before. I'm not sure if this is early onset herpes or something else. Right now, I think signs are pointing to Chlamydia/Gonorrhea but I also know that genital herpes can show almost no symptoms at all. The weird thing is when my penis is erect, the bubbles smooth out for the most part (I don't have any other lesions/sores/pimples on the rest of my body).
I would be grateful for any input at all. I'm so anxious right now but also thankful for a forum like this because we can share all of our problems together. We're not alone.
Fortunately, I just got a full battery of tests completed and should be receiving the results back this week so I won't be guessing for much longer.
Thank you so much...
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So I made it to month four without a visible sign of an outbreak. I had a really bad outbreak in the ending of April and was diagnosed with GHSV1. My initial outbreak took about a month to heal and left scars (a lighter pigmentation from my overall complexion on my genitals). Sadly I have been ridiculously paranoid to the point I have taken two 7 day treatments of Valtrex. More than likely it was probably just yeast infections (I get them way more than I should, even before getting hsv). I also take lysine twice a day and three times a day when I feel like an outbreak is coming on. I’ve been applying tea tree to my genitals everyday since getting diagnosed to dry out any potential outbreaks that are present that I possibly mistake for an ingrown hair. When does the worrying stop? How often have anyone on this forum with GHSV1 get outbreaks? What’s are some good tips and tricks?
I’ve been a frequent visitor of this site for awhile. The times when I feel down about my H+ status, I have come here to read stories of hope and happy endings, and I feel a lot better and reassured.
So, I finally made and account because I wanted to share my happy story!
I was diagnosed with GHSV2 about 5 years ago. While I’ve been with and disclosed to two partners about my status since then, they had already told me that they had been with women previously who had the same diagnosis, so I wasn’t nervous to disclose my status to them after finding that info out.
Neither of those relationship panned out. When I felt like I was ready to date again the thought of having to have the disclosure convo to another person made me so anxious! Like sick to my stomach, losing sleep kind of anxious. What if my status is a dealbreaker? And all the other worst case scenarios. But I haven’t let this stop me from dating in the past, and I didn’t want to let that stop me from dating now. And I met a guy who is amazing: funny, kind, thoughtful, smart, understanding, and curious about me and what makes me happy. The more time we spent together( and the more I developed my interest in him), the more anxious I got to give the talk.
We’ve been seeing each other for a few weeks and the physical chemistry is definitely there (kissing, touching over the clothes). But I would not let myself take it any farther with him until I had the disclosure talk.
Heading into our date last night, I knew that I couldn’t wait any longer to have the convo I had so been dreading. When I felt like the time was right, I finally gave my “spiel” and I was so relieved to get it out of the way, I honestly didn’t care if he rejected me at that point. I was proud of myself for doing something difficult and flexing my integrity muscle. Well, He actually got emotional, thanking me for putting his health and well-being above mine and told me this doesn’t change anything, in fact he said that me being open about my status before being intimate made him like me even more! He asked questions about how H effects me and was even curious about my experience dealing with the stigma. It went way way better than I anticipated, and we have plans to spend this upcoming weekend together!
Whether or not it works out with him, I’m proud of myself. For those that are even thinking about having this conversation ahead of time, you should be proud of yourselves too. This is not an easy conversation to have and it shows a tremendous amount of character.
Thank you to this community for sharing your stories. Hoping my story can help others during times of hopelessness that I too have experienced.