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:wink: hi, I am new to this site, I must say that all the positive responses diaplayed here are really helpful and encouraging. My situation is that I went to the gyn after having some white blisters inmy genital area, my gyn looked at me and wrote me a prescription for zoviarx. I just took it had it filled and never discussed it with my doctor(I had shaved my vaginal area bald, and started using fds so I thought the prescription was to clear an "irritation")Then seeing commercials on tv for zovirax I was like thats for herpes, thats what my doctor gave me. Question how do I really know I have it? I have had an"outbreak" maybe a few times within the last couple of years nothing severe or painful just a blister or two on my "Vaginal Lips" and some swelling at the time of this happening. I've been with my boyfriend the last 5 years he goes down on me he never has had a fever blister or any type of blisters on his penis--thank God. Do I haveto have an "outbreak" to be tested, and what type of test would they perform? I have recently been tested for hIV that was negative and I went to a free clinic they said they test for STD's but only gonorrhea,chlamadia, and shyphilis, mines were negative so I need to know what to do. And if I do have it but not recurrent outbreaks would it make sense to talk the oral pills, or just take the zovirax creme as necessary. I tried to pop them before the few blisters I had because it looked like a whitehead pimple you would get on your face, it wasn't red. Please help, I do plan to make a trip to my GYN because this confusion id killing me, and I need to know, any help is greatly appreciated.
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I don't know if I'm really in the position to give sound advice, but I can say that it is definitely important to go to your doctor right away-which it sounds like you're doing. It sounds to me through what you have said and given the fact that your doctor prescibed meds (without talking to you, which is strange), that you do have herpes. From my personal experience, it sounds almost the same, but I knew for sure something was going on because I caught it at the very beginning (and asked a ton of questions, etc.). To be tested, your doctor would swab a blister or sore on your genitals, then call you about a week later with results. It is possible to be tested without a physical sign of herpes, through a blood sample, but as I've heard, it's not as accurate and it takes longer (not sure if I got that last part right, but it's something like that). As far as taking the pills goes, I think that unless your herpes is really bad and take a preventative pill for future outbreaks, you can treat them as they happen, a.k.a., just get a prescription when you have first sign of blisters (tingling, itching, whatever). I don't know how creams work, I've only done pills, and only once. Be really careful with your boyfriend...seriously!!! I didn't get herpes from intercourse...I got it from oral sex- someone performed oral sex on me and supposedly he had a cold sore, which I could barely even see...it was a really tiny red dot we both thought was a zit. I hope this info helped a bit- I tried to answer all your questions. I was just recently diagnosed and have been reading non-stop and asking questions here and there. I just recently joined this site because I'm having a hard time dealing with it, and so far it's been good---just to know there are other people out there that are going through the same stuff. Good luck, be careful, and educate yourself!

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Yes, J.B. - a sore needs to be tested - a blood test is positive for antibodies - which only means you have been exposed.... but the actual blister needs to be tested.

A "white head" normally isn't herpes - but the blisters you describe may be - I get the tiny white heads after shaving, I assume they are from sharing since they come out the next day - but I still am very careful about those too - as far as transmission - they may just be irritation, but better safe than sorry....

good luck at the docs - call immediately the next time you get a blister and get an appt. within 48 hrs so they can swab it - good luck!

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thanks for taking the time to reply to my questions, this is going to be something that initially is hard to deal with, but I'm sure through education, and continously asking questions I'll be ok

It is good to know that there are others out here, but it is also sad that there's no cure, :cry:

but again thanks so much I'll keep you guys posted, In the meanwhile be safe

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We just have to find one for HIV/AIDS first.

When we cure 1 virus, the cures for all the rest will come like dominos...

Right now, there is no cure for any virus...

We have many vaccines that can prevent productive infection and disease by a number of viruses (polio, hepatitis A and B, for example)

In no case that I am aware of, do we have a vaccine that eradicates chronic viral infection from persons who are already infected.

The day we find a cure for ANY virus... Whether it is the virus that causes the common cold (rhino virus) or the virus that causes HSV or the virus that causes aids....

If we find a cure for just ONE virus... that bio-technology breakthru will VERY VERY quickly lead to CURES (not just vaccines... CURES) for all viruses...

Viruses are fascinating...

if anyone is interested this is a good site:


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