Topic: Got a lifetime membership!
So I’m new to this club and I’m in a bit of an uncomfortable situation (as we all are) and some feedback would be greatly appreciated. As soon as I spotted those painful little sores down there I hit the google pretty hard, as I’m sure all of you did, and it didn’t take long to figure it out but I still have some unanswered questions. Currently going through my first outbreak (OB for short ya?) and it’s not my fave. I am also currently travelling through a low to middle income country so access to medical care is tricky and not very affordable (travel insurance doesn’t cover this sort of thing right?) and there is a language barrier. I still Need to tell my last partner (also patient 0), who I’m pretty sure didn’t know he had it when we slept together, but he freaked out when I told him I had ‘something to tell him’ so I can only imagine how he’s gonna take the news (I think he thinks I’m pregnant so this might be a relief really). Also I am currently in a South American hospital and they insisted on keeping me one, if not two, nights. Because apparently I somehow got a bacterial infection on top of the viral one that is currently taking over my vagina and they want to give me antiviral and antibiotic treatment. Since i didn’t budget this into my vacation, this is not ideal. So I guess my questions are:
is the initial outbreak really this bad for 2-3 weeks or is it worse in the first few days and then tapers off? Cause I can’t even sleep right now and don’t even get me started on peeing.
Also does anyone have any tips on how to break the news to someone who is a bit emotional and panicky? Cause I’m a pretty straight forward person but I don’t want to be insensitive.
And I can save a bit of cash here by not getting the test results back, since the doctor already confirmed the prognosis, and i can just get the treatment for antibiotics and antiviral. Then I can get test when I go home. Is there any reason I would need a diagnosis before I return home?
One last thing. My dad joined me on my travels two days ago! I told him I have a severe UTI. Just wondering if anyone knows if it can be spread orally by sharing drinks and food even if all my icky spots are downstairs?
Sorry for the novel and thanks for any insight provided! Much love 🙂
So I was just wondering, I finished my first medication treatment but I still have an uncomfortable burning when urinating. It’s not nearly as bad as it was at the start I was crying and screaming in pain while urinating which I’m not anymore but it’s still burning a bit. Should that symptom be gone since I’m done Valtrex or will that continue until the sores are all fully gone? Also maybe I have a UTI because it hurt so much to go I don’t think I was drinking enough trying to avoid using the washroom. Anyone else using this medication find that they still have symptoms when they’re finished it?
I wonder whether anyone might have had a similar experience or could help. I will be arranging an appointment to see a doctor but in the meantime any advice would be much appreciated.
I have had herpes for a couple of years and was placed on suppressive therapy (acyclovir) as my flare ups were frequent. At first, this was working well and I was having no flare ups whilst taking acyclovir. In recent months, however, every couple of weeks I have been experiencing horrible itching/burning and pain along with swelling which is lasting a few days.
I assumed that a different STI had been lying dormant but I have been tested for everything along with BV/thrush and my results have all come back clear. Weirdly, the blistering that is characteristic of herpes has not recurred so it doesn’t seem as if the acyclovir isn’t working at all, but more that it’s failing to deal with these different symptoms. This itching/burning is causing me more discomfort than the sores/blisters I was originally so worried about.
Is it possible that there is another issue which the full STI check doesn’t cover? Or is it that I need to try a different suppressive therapy? I’m living a healthy lifestyle (more so than when my symptoms were much better controlled) and am not often ill so don’t feel as if my immune system is particularly weak. Someone please help, I’m so confused really don’t know what to think!
Hi, I am very happy for this community. I am recently diagnosed but I think I have had HSV2 for over a year. Now that I know the diagnosis I am trying to decipher if and what prodromal symptoms I experience before an outbreak and links between yeast infections and my treatment of them.
I am hyper aware of any pain I feel and so I am constantly paranoid that I will get an outbreak especially when I have been stressed and not sleeping enough. I also read that having sex can be a trigger so this has been weighing on me and my boyfriend. How long did it take you all to figure it out the prodromal symptoms? Is it fairly obvious?
Also, I have frequent yeast infections and I wonder if these can trigger an outbreak. Or if the treatment does? A little less than a week before I became infected, I was using boric acid suppositories for a yeast infection for the first time and I wonder if it contributed to the outbreak. I’m fairly confident about when I got infected and so I don’t think the suppositories caused an outbreak from a prior infection… but maybe they contributed to it? Anyone had outbreaks after boric acid suppositories?
Topic: luck without antivirals?
I was diagnosed with hsv1 almost a month ago and I want to know if anyone has had any luck without antivirals. I don’t want to become dependent on it. If anyone has had luck without antivirals and has gone another route with treatment please let me know
Topic: Just found out and panicing
Sooo, I went to a GP and from one look he said I had herpes and recommended me to a clinic for stis. The Gyn there confirmed it by visual test and gave me treatment to start.
The person that I am certain that i got it from says he doesnt have any sores, which at the time he didnt but the very next day i was displaying symtoms.
I am in a relationship now and I have been forth coming with the entire situation because i thought it was just an yeast infection.
Im hoping the treatment fails me and that i test negative but im a pesimist by nature so im preparing for the worst.
Thanking all the women in here because seeing you guys posting only yesterday made me feel like Im not alone.
Im losing my relationship and i wouldnt be able to go into the field that I wanted as it requires you to be sti free.
But thank you. I needed this.
Open to tips
Well, today I tested positive. I remember bursting into tears. I had prayed and prayed that it would come back negative. I’m crying as I’m writing this actually and the appointment was 3 hours ago. Honestly, when I first heard it the news I didn’t want to be alive anymore. Still kinda feel that way. I feel like my world is crashing down around me. For days I have been telling myself that it was going to be negative. That I was going to be fine, that the doctors were wrong. How am I going to date? Whose going to want to date me? Let alone have kids with me some day? I don’t plan on telling my family. I don’t think I can deal with the shame that I know I’m going to feel. I can hardly handle it now. The only plus right now is that my best friend since 7th grade is sticking by me. I don’t know what I would do without her. She is literally my best friend in the whole world. I called her and just broke down and it felt good to tell her everything that I’ve been feeling these past few days. I still feel like I’m in a dream and I’ll wake up and I won’t be positive. But I know that’s not going to happen. I’m going to have this for the rest of my life and I’m going to have to be careful. Something I thought I was doing. Clearly I am very wrong. It’s funny how this is more devastating than testing positive for tb at 12. And that was something that could’ve killed me if I hadn’t gotten treatment. Definitely one hell of a Christmas present. I know that I’m not alone in this but right now I feel like I’m alone. Sure I have the support of my best friend and some other friends but they don’t get it. And everyone on here has been amazing, I just feel scared. What is my future going to hold? Is my mental health going to hold is the real question. I already have bad depression, I think it might be time to go back on my antidepressants. I honestly feel really numb, but I know I’m going to cry again later. This all just feels like a dream. Like it’s happening to someone else. I never thought in my life that I would have an STD. But yet here I am.
Topic: The waiting game
Well I was suppose to go and get my results and further testing done today. They called and said that they didn’t have my results and that’s why they wanted me to schedule a follow up appointment. So now I have to wait till Wednesday at 3:30. My anxiety has been all over the place. I’m praying that the fact that I haven’t had any of the symptoms that they told me to watch out for is a good sign. I just hope that it’s good news because I’ve missed a few classes and a few days of work because I’ve been so depressed and nervous. I can’t wait for this waiting game to be over. I’ve never been so scared for test results and I’ve had to go through treatment after testing positive for the skin test if TB at the age of twelve. I’m more scared now than I was back then and that was something that could kill me. Funny how those things work out. Now I’m rambling, anyways I’m praying these test results come back negative. Since this whole ordeal my perception on STDs and other sexual diseases have changed drastically. I use to have a negative outlook on them, now I see that it can happen to anyone. I hate the way I viewed it before, because I’m not a judgmental person. But this experience has opened my eyes to a whole new outlook.
Topic: Oral sex
Hello, thanks for taking the time to read my post! I wanted to ask if anyones had experience with herpes and oral sex. I am a young thriving 23 year old woman and I want to continue dating. Granted, it will be slightly challenging, i try not to give up hope for myself in finding the perfect partner. Although I didn’t think i’d be finding him a month after my diagnoses. YIKES. Long story short, I want to be able to pleasure him and receive pleasure from him in the form of oral sex. I am on suppressive therapy as well as taking supplements to boost my immune system. I had my initial outbreak a month ago and it appeared genitally but I have HSV-1. I had one sore on my lip but using powerful lip treatments it cleared up in days. do you have experience giving or receiving oral? please share!
Topic: 4yrs in…the malaise sucks!
This month is my four year ‘herpaversary’, after an extreme reaction to the first outbreak, I was eventually put onto suppressive treatment as it just wouldn’t go away. I’ve just recently been able to reduce my meds without consequences (although have just had an outbreak…), and have made lifestyle changes – however could still make even more lifestyle changes I admit. My issue is that I suffer with malaise more than anything else because of the herpes and I know at these times my body needs healthy food and exercise, but because I feel so rubbish, the only thing I want is comfort food and to snuggle up on the sofa. This can go on for a couple of weeks or more. Does anyone else have a similar struggle?
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