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Hi there everyone. I am me. :) I am a 23 year old gay male who can say that April , 2008 will be a day that goes down in my personal history books.

I got a general checkup with a STD panel and a lab for celiacs. I was called and told that other than having high cholestoral that I was healthy and squeeky cleen. So... I go into my doctors office, sit down, and get handed a paper while the doctor is saying "this is for HSV2". Needless to say, my jaw hit the ground and I had to ask if he was speaking to the correct patient since my results had come back negative on my STD panel. Apparently, part of my labs hadn't come in until the day prior so the nurse had no idea since they were sent out to another lab. So, needless to say I am here... I am living life... and I have some stingy little virus that like to inhabit a little portion at the base of my spine and come out and play every once in a while.

So that is my story... It was a shock yes, but life will never throw me something I can't handle. I hope everyone is having an amazing week!

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Well i'm glad your taking it so well!!! because your right it's not that big of a deal. you just need to tell all your partners and use condoms!! Good luck!!;)

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Hi and welcome! I'm glad you found us. this is a great place for support. :)

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welcome to the forum.

The good news is that herpes is not a deadly disease.

It seems like the positive test result came as a surprise for you- ?

So you never had any symptoms-?

Well, if so, then there could be more good news: you may stay asymptomatic all your life :)

By the way, do you know what kind of test they did: was it a Herpes type specific IgG test or was it another kind of blood test?

I have heard that IgM tests give lots of false positives and false negatives, for some reason (this is one tricky virus!).

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Glad you are taking it well...

You seem to have plenty of spirit and the right attitude toward this. I wish I had possessed that much good sense when I was diagnosed. I just quietly went into shock. It took years to come to terms with it.

One thing though...why are doctors so casual and often so insensitive about how they reveal this to patients? I know there is really no "easy" or "good" way to tell someone about this but do they really have to treat it like a diagnosis for athelete's food or a heat rash? You were not prepared for this and they just casually threw it at you. Glad you have more sense than some of the people who are diagnosed--this has even been known to make people feel suicidal.

You are right, it won't mess up your life if you don't let it. A lot depends on your attitude and you obviously have a very good one.

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Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

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      @srinivas thank you for the suggestion. Are you on antivirals? How long have you had HSV? How well do you feel now that you are taking the supplements?
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      It doesnt really mean much yet. They still dont know if the herpes is taking advantage of a diseased brain or causing the disease. Furthermore, there is evidence that Alzheimer's might be caused by oral spirochete disease and even Lyme. Many of you could have oral Spirochetes but the Lyme and is less likely. https://globallymealliance.org/pathogen-cause-alzheimers-disease/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5008232/ https://newsblog.drexel.edu/2016/02/10/do-infections-cause-alzheimers-disease/   Of course it could be both! Maybe having hsv-1 and oral spirochetes quadruples the risk.  In my opinion the spirochete theory sounds more likely and its hard to dismiss neurosurgeons and caretakers getting Alzheimers from a disease that was previously thought to be non contagious. I'd worry more about Spirochetes.  
    • Rgs77
      Did ldn work.
    • honkschonks
      I wonder if people in the military are tested for hsv, because the general public isn’t. You have to specifically ask for it and many doctors don’t even see the point because it’s “so common”. It’s very possible he has it and has no symptoms or very mild random symptoms. Sorry to hear what you’re dealing with. It seems like women’s symptoms are worse than men’s.
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      No that’s not the issue at all. The absolute vast majority of nerve pain is not caused by herpes. Hence it cannot be used to reverse engineer a diagnosis of herpes. That is exceptinally dangerous and we must do all we can encourage proper diagnosis.

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