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Hello everyone. Listen to my tale of stupidity.

I started dating this girl. Long story short, she has a less than virtuous past and we had unprotected sex on NUMEROUS occasions

Now I have discovered what look like little pimples (red around the edges, white in the middle) ALL OVER my genital area

Now I have read that herpes causes itching and stuff... but I have not had any of that.

I noticed a while ago that sometimes my muscles ache in the mornings (especially my legs and back) and I have read that is a symptom too. I am pretty sure that I've gotten herpes from this girl... I haven't been to a doctor or anything yet and I don't know what to do

I'm really in shock because I'm only 19 and never thought this could happen to me... please give me some sort of advice

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see a doctor

I think the best thing you can do is go get your bumps checked out by a doctor. They can take a culture and test to see if it is indeed herpes. in the meantime, L- Lysine tablets seem to work well for a lot of people. some people take them for suppression; others to help speed up the duration of the outbreak. they are inexpensive, and you can get them at any drug store or grocery store.

are you sure she has had a "less than virtuous past"? some people get it from their first boyfriend or sexual partner. some people also get it from their spouses. she may not even know she has the virus because a lot of people don't show symptoms. please, please don't judge her for having the virus. her character counts for more.

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I agree with Hope - get to the Doc, but before the bumps clear up - they have to see them, and culture them.

Don't be afraid to go - docs see it all the time, but you need to know for peace of mind - and if it is HSV - tell that girl. If she has it - she may not know - up to you though - think of how many others you may save from this....

Good luck.

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Well I called her and told her what I think it might be... she says she has been tested but I've read that when it's not shedding they might not detect it...anyways we are both going to the clinic to get tested together

I know she has been promiscuous in the past because she told me...

I really hope it's not what I think it is

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CBFOG -

Glad you're going together. Thats great. Good luck.

I applaude you for talking to her about it - and her for going with - and not being defensive.

We need more people like you in the world.

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Are you sure the bumps just appeared? Reason I ask is you don't mention any skin discomfort. I know when I look down there I can find bumps all over, only they're normal. If you're feeling paranoid you can find all kinds of stuff. And you might be achy for other reasons : ) Good for you for getting looked at.

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      I’m going to force him to get tested ! Thanks for your help ! 
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 there really isn't a question mark around the source, it's your latest partner. The median time from infection to an outbreak of lesions upon initial infection is 4 days.  The only thing that isn't certain is the type I suggest.
    • EssenceL25
      I asked if it was hsv 1 or 2 and the doctor said it was Hsv2. I’m not sure i just asked him when he was tested last he said this year I said I think we should go test together and he agreed . I’m going to bring it up again cause I really need to know if he gave this to me I wasn’t sure since it was so close to my previous relationship.
    • WilsoInAus
      @EssenceL25 then it is all beyond reasonable doubt that the current partner is the source. A 'perfect' fit in terms of timing, symptoms and swab. It may be though that the type is not technically known. Culture swabs are very often not typed and just assumed to be HSV-2 if taken from a genital location. If you received oral sex in the days leading into 7 March then it is 50/50 as to whether this is HSV-1 or HSV-2. You could contact your doctor and confirm if the swab was actually typed (which is a second test where fluorescent antibodies for HSV-1 and HSV-2 are added and see which one 'glows').  If that test wasn't done then you do not know type. If you have oral HSV-1 yourself (cold sores) then this will be HSV-2. Does your partner have oral HSV-1? It is somewhat strange for him not to rush and test - many people have a 'reaction' if they truly do not know their status and have concerns that you infected them etc. (not initially rational of course). This indicates he may know his status - or maybe he just isn't simply the sharpest tool in the shed!?
    • EssenceL25
      I had flu like symptoms and ulcers on my vagina . They did a culture and I tested positive for hsv2. I asked my partner to get tested he agreed but I’m not sure if he will cause he hasn’t said anything else about it. 
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