I had protected sex with a man I am dating. He disclosed that he does have herpes beforehand. I did not perform oral on his m. I feel we were pretty safe. I did not realize the major anxiety I am feeling the next day. I feel as though it is a waiting game now to see if I am now infected. My question is what are the chances I have the virus and do I get tested regardless if I ever show symptoms. I am not sure I can deal with feeling this way everytime we would decide to be intimate in the future. Any advice is appreciated.
Topic: Managing outbreaks
I’ve had herpes for nearly 5 years, diagnosed after a brief promiscuous period when my boyfriend of 6 years cheated on me and we broke up. But for the last 4 years or so I was taking antivirals daily so haven’t had an outbreak in years. Recently my doctor has told me that I shouldn’t be taking them daily and to stop. The first month or so was ok… No symptoms. But in the last 3 weeks I’m on my second outbreak! I also have ulcerative colitis which makes my immune system low. I’m also a nurse which is high stress.
I’m not sure if I should go back on the antivirals to suppress the symptoms or what I should do.
I’ve been with my partner for 4 years and he knows about my herpes but we haven’t communicated a lot about it because we haven’t had to with me taking the antivirals.
I feel defeated and am looking for advice.
Topic: New Diagnosis & symptoms
Hi everyone, I was diagnosed today. Im just wondering if anyone has had any similar symptoms as me? Feeling kind of concerned and not sure if this is the side effects of my medicine or not. I have had a lingering headache the past few days. I first noticed the sore about 3 days ago and went in yesterday and they called me with results today. I also have a sensitivity feeling I guess on my right leg like it’s a sore tingling, raw kind of feeling on my hip, thigh and lower leg. Very weird and random and makes me nervous. I never had any flu like symptoms. The pain of the sore doesn’t burn necessarily it more so stings to me and only when it touches other skin or when I move to fast. Thanks ladies.
Topic: Just diagnosed.
I am 21 years old and have just be diagnosed with HSV-2 about a week ago.
It started with what I thought was just a UTI. I went to the doctors and they proscribed antibiotics to treat the UTI. It didn’t help so I decided to examine myself and noticed red sores inside and had a bad feeling. I immediately became sad and went to the urgent care the next day. I broke out in tears trying to tell the nurse what was wrong. They did an examine and tested for everything. Upon looking at the sores the doctor told me it will most likely come back positive and it did. I’ve been prescribed Valtrex and on day 5 I feel a lot better. Just body aches and my sores have pretty much healed after just a week.
Overall, I just feel depressed. I’ve been in a relationship for 2 years now and both being faithful it was a shock. However we’ve both never been tested for HSV before due to lack of symptoms. He’s been really supportive and wants to stick by me, but I feel disgusting and worthless. I don’t feel deserving of his love anymore. I am terrified to pass it on to him since he doesn’t have a spleen and can’t fight infections as well. I plan on taking antivirals as a suppressant to reduce the risk. But I know it will always be there. I am trying to be very positive in knowing I am not alone and I will make it through this. It’s just hard to see the good in this right now. I am just so unhappy. I haven’t gotten to vent and have read forums really help so I thought I’d give it a try.
I hope everyone on here happiness and the best. I hope for this to get better quickly.
when i was diagnosed with genital HSV-1 3 months ago i was out of the country. the doctor at the sexual health clinic told me that a lot of people have HSV 1 anyway, and that it can only be passed on during an outbreak.
i recently had sex with a partner (one time unprotected, one time protected) and didn’t disclose my HSV-1 status because i wasn’t having an outbreak. (FYI my first ever outbreak was very mild, and maybe lasted 4 days with antiviral medication – no flu symptoms just sores).
after the sex i felt worried, and low and behold saw through some of my own research that it can be transmitted even when there is no outbreak. what is the likelihood of those two occasions transmitting something? i’m stressing about the situation quite a lot.
At 47 and in a committed relationship for the last 13 months with a wonderful responsible 52 year old divorced father of two college daughters. Neither of us had any symptoms or any problems issues or diseases before this. He got a major case of jock itch from walking in the heat. We had a lot of sex on a Sunday and by Wednesday I was at the dr with a burning crotch. Nurse practitioner took one look and said this looks like herpes. She tested me for yeast infection(none found) and vaginitis (present) and herpes (hsv 1 found). There are a lot of sores. It burns like the fire of a thousand suns when I pee and it hurts a lot. They prescribed anti viral meds that I have been taking for 5 days (not improving) and some insert antibiotic that I insert 2X a day. I can’t believe this has happened. I don’t understand where it came from. Neither my boyfriend or I would ever cheat on each other. Why is this happening now? Did he give this to me or did I give this to him? How does he have a yeast infection and I don’t? None of this makes any sense. I go to the dr regularly and get check ups and they have never found traces of any sexually transmitted diseases. I assumed that meant I didn’t have herpes. I was shocked to read that drs don’t test for herpes during routine check ups! What the heck! I seriously thought that would be one of the main things they checked for. This whole thing has me in a tailspin but mostly just trying to stop feeling the intense pain. I started using neosporin and the urinary track medicine you can buy at cvs that turns your pee orange. That seems to have helped the pee not feel like I’m
Pouring acid on an open wound! I want to know how this happened. Is there any way it was not transmitted sexually? Like from a pool or hot tub or bar of soap or toilet seat or from work? And how long will it hurt?
Hi everyone. I’ve been with my partner for about 5 months but have known him for years. When we got together, he told me early on about his HSV2 status. We practiced safe sex but about two weeks ago I fell ill with what felt like mono. A few days later blisters appeared and I returned to my NP and asked for the HSV swab. Unsurprisingly, it was positive.
I’m so lucky that my partner and I love each other and while this wasn’t planned or wanted, at least I knew it could happen because he was honest. And we did try to be careful.
What concerns me is how sick I’ve been. My partner had no physical symptoms, but I’ve been battling a low-grade fever, body aches, fatigue, and nerve pain for nearly 2 weeks. I had to ask my NP for cream and she’s yet to say anything about antivirals. I’m so afraid I won’t feel better. I’ve read posts online where people said they never felt normal after the first outbreak. I’m unsure what to do, if I should still try to start antivirals or if it’s too late. I’m thankful I’m not alone but my partner is helpless too, as this is a different experience than what he had.
Any advice is so very much appreciated.
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