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For those that have been diagnosed with HSV for longer than a year:

How many of you really felt better with the symptoms after a year?

Did they really become less frequent?



Just want to know my outlook for the future.

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I was under alot of stress - wedding, new house, baby, divorce (nice chain of events huh?)

I've been much better now - on suppressive therapy.

We should post a survey for voting...

better after a year

better after supressive therapy

better after I got rid of my husband... :wink:

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How many of you really felt better with the symptoms after a year?

They felt the same... (which wasn't bad in the first place) but they did get much shorter.. (healed quicker)

Did they really become less frequent?

Yes... After like the first month or two, they became infrequent, and after the first couple years, REALLY infrequent...

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Guest Anonymous

Same as Pilot. My first one was pretty uncomfortable. I had a part II to my first one and I thought my life would be a living hell. Then that healed and I returned to a normal happy healthy sex life with my guy, and have not had any open sores that I could find since then, 4 years ago. Now and then (particularly this last month, LOTS of stress) I have been suspicious of some sensations down there, but nothing conclusive.

I took Zovirax during my initial ob but it still lasted for weeks.

I haven't taken suppression, my doc said after that initial one to let my body try to fight it and I am glad I took his advice. I think I learned that my body handles HSV well.

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Guest Anonymous

I've had 2-5 outbreaks a year for the past 15 years. Usually mild but 1 or 2 have been worse. I definitely see a pattern with stress.

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According to the 3 blood tests I've taken, I have HSV1. I have never had an oral outbreak; however, I had a primary genital outbreak when I contracted it. I've had this curse for about a year now. My secondary outbreaks have no vesicals, but I have a continuous rash everyday of my miserable life. It only goes away completely with 2 valtrex a day treatment. The rash occurs in certain "clumps" from my waist all the way to my ankle. It makes it really hard to deal with this when you're reminded of it every single second you're awake.

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I echo Pilot and Guest with my experience.

4 years with practically nothing, HSV-1, first outbreak was horrible and a two-parter.

Now I sense a bit of a change, I'm afraid. Feels like there's Ben Gay down there half the time. Don't know if this is HSV or what, though, in all honesty. New partner, but recently got tested for everything so Hmmmm...Now and then I'll get a tender spot but have never been able to identify a blister. Small pimples now and then but I shave every other day or so and it could be that...the problem with this virus is that it's hard to identify and everyone's symptoms are different. Plus if you're a woman, you possess a complicated unit with no owner's manual that gets really moody on even people with no HSV! I do know that stress plays a big part and that I have plenty of. I'm hoping after I quit this 20+ unit a quarter school + work routine that I can manage much of my health better, including what may be my HSV flareups.

I hope your experience mirrors many of ours who are pretty comfortable most of the time and realize this is not the end of the world.


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