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  2. So, I was diagnosed with type 2 HSV, and I've only had the one initial outbreak, and that's it. It's been 2 and a half years since my diagnosis, have only had the one outbreak which was the initial one. is it possible I have HSV 1 in my genital region? I heard outbreaks are less often if none when it's type 1 on your genitals, but the swab test said type 2. I'm not sure. I dont know the concept of triggers, I've heard things like stress and chocolate do but ive been super stressed and eat chocolate and I've been fine. But I see so many cases of people getting multiple outbreaks....so is it normal to have one initial outbreak and then the virus remains dormant? I'm so scared of another one coming out of no where it's been so long I'm not sure what to expect since nothings triggered another one. I feel so invalid as a person, even though I literally haven't had anything in 2 and a half years. Any advice or info would be very helpful! Please let me know im not alone!
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  5. Hi!! 🙂 That is a great question. Because herpes can infect people and lay dormant, it is hard to identify when you first came into contact with herpes. However, if you wanted to do some personal research, you could ask your ex-wife and the other person if they have ever tested positive for your strain of herpes. Obviously, that may be uncomfortable to do, so if you don't want to do that, don't do it! 🙂 You said you noticed a red lesion at one point about four months after your connection with the one person, so four months prior to that could have been when you contracted it, especially if your ex-wife does not have herpes. Regardless, just know that it is okay to not know how/when you got it. It is so frustrating sometimes, but it is totally understandable. I am so sorry your partner has been having terrible symptoms, and I hope she is doing better! Have they done any tests to help exclude any possible diagnoses? Oh, another test that may be good is Lyme Disease. It can give people a wide range of symptoms, and is very hard to detect as the illness "hides" behind other cells when examined under a microscope. I do not know if you can tell how contagious you are. I mean, if you start showing symptoms of an outbreak or prodrome, then I would say you are very contagious at that point. However, asymptomatic shedding can occur, which is contagious as well. If your partner does end up coming back positive for your herpes strain, need not worry since you'll both have it. If she comes back negative after waiting for a while before testing (and retesting if needed) viral suppressants can help you reduce risk of transmission because it reduces likelihood of outbreaks (both symptomatic and asymptomtic). I hope this helps!! 🙂 Blessings!
  6. Of course! And yes, there are many studies out there, which is good. I hope all is well!! 🙂 Blessings!
  7. Thank you both @Flowerteacher55 and @My thoughts this information was very helpful 😊
  8. It does thanks. I’ve read a couple studies where researchers explained that daily antivirals reduce the extent and frequency of asymptomatic shedding and subsequent viral load carried in vaginal fluids. Thus reducing the chance of spreading the infection.
  9. Hi!! Yes, herpes can be spread even when there are no sores or symptoms. That's why it's such a common virus, and most of humanity has it! Because this makes a lot of people worry, especially those who tend who have no or little warning signs prior to outbreaks or are completely asymptomatic, they take suppressants to help lower the occurrence that the shedding could occur. I hope that helps clear things up!!!
  10. Ok so if a person has symptoms of herpes including cold sores they are symptomatic. Additionally, they are capable of asymptomatic shedding of the virus even during times when they themselves are not having an outbreak or showing symptoms of their infection. Am I understanding correctly? So this would mean my girlfriend could still transmit the virus to me even if she currently has no symptoms of her infection when we have sex? I think I understand now.
  11. Hi, I"ve got to ask. What does 1.12 mean? I had a look at my serology test and all it says is HSV2 IgG Detected. Thanks
  12. Sorry to hear how it turned out but glad to her the way you deal with it. Very healthy :-D
  13. Hi, I recently got diagnosed with hsv through a blood test. I did the test to confirm I had no STIs before starting a sexual relationship with my partner and was shocked when it came back positive. I have had 2 sexual partners in the last 20 years (apart from my new partner), a one night stand a year ago, and my ex wife. I have not had any symptoms or outbreaks, although I had a red abrasion which I thought nothing of about4 months after my one night stand, whch my new partner thought might have been a sign of hsv. Anyway, I am aware that the contagiousness of hsv reduces over time, so it is very significant to me whether I got infected a year ago or upto 30 years ago. So... Without leisions or any symptoms, is there any way to tell when I was infected. Or, more importantly, is there any way to know how contagious I might be. My partner has had terrible symptoms which have not been 100% identified as hsv. So if there is anything I can do to reduce the chances of passing it on, of course, I want to do it. I can wear a condom, I'm trying to get antivirals (my gp refused them to me innitially so I'm going to see a specialist) and I'll do anything else to protect my SO. Any help would be greaty appreciated. Thanks.
  14. Here is the link of the video: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/post/dr-peter-leone-answers-your-questions-about-herpes
  15. HSV-2 oral is extremely rare. Just 2% of cases are oral HSV-2. HSV-2 really really really prefers the sacral ganglia and not the trigeminal ganglia. You won't get oral HSV-2 and you are safe practicing oral. Even if you get oral HSV-2, since it doesn't like the tregeminal ganglia at all, one outbreak max and that's all. Viral shedding of HSV-2 is almost 0. So, don't worry. --- HSV-1 is different. It's prefered place is the tregeminal ganglia, but it can spread to the genital area when the person hasn't acquired the virus before and hasn't built inmunity (6 months-1 year). People get genital HSV-1 when their first exposure to the virus is with oral sex. Watch the episode with Peter Leone, a doctor and top researcher about herpes. It is in this website, and also in youtube. He talks about it. Educate yourself. Knowledge is power.
  16. Hi!!! That is such a great question!! First, let's define some key terms: asymptomatic and asymptomatic shedding. If someone is asymptomatically shedding, the virus is active and is actively shedding and can infect a partner. If someone is asymptomatic to herpes, it means they do not show symptoms of herpes and cannot tell when they are about to have an outbreak or when they have one (they see no sores, or sores are in a location invisible to the eye). Antiviral Medication & How It Works: Antiviral medication often is misunderstood, as it doesn't make the virus "disappear" or "die", but instead reduces the likelihood that the virus would "wake up" from being dormant. Because it inhibits the virus's ability to become active, which would result in shedding and more likelihood of transmission to a non-infected partner, the answer to your question is transmission would be less likely in scenario B than in scenario A. Honestly, I myself had to do some research in order to find out exactly how herpes medication helps someone who is taking it. Each medication is slightly different, but here are their functions in the human body, and the source where the information was found. Acyclovir/Zovirax: "The mechanism of action of acyclovir involves highly selective inhibition of herpes virus DNA replication," which means it helps stop the virus from multiplying. "Prophylactic oral adinistration of acyclovir at dosages of 400 to 800 mg per day for 1-2 years led to complete supression of recurrences of genital herpes in approximately 60 to 90% f subjects. Unfortunately, recurrence rates returned to pretreatment frequencies aftr discontinutation of acyclovir." Source: * This source is older, so I am unsure if newer data would show different information than above * but it is one of the only ones I could find. https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00003495-198937030-00002 Valtrex/Valacyclovir (which is converted into acyclovir when taken): This is really interesting!! See the attached photo to see the percent of parters of those with HSV-2 who ended up getting HSV-2 while their partner was on Valtrex. Note: "seroconversion" in the chart refers to partners who got it asymptomatically (they didn't show symptoms of having caught it but their blood results came back positive for having caught it). Read the full FDA Drug Sheet here: Source: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/020487s007rel2_lbl.pdf Famciclovir/Famvir: (Check page 12): https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/020363s037lbl.pdf Basically, herpes antiviral medication can significantly help in reducing the likelihood of herpes transmission from one partner to another, even if they are asymptomatic. Asymptomatic shedding and symptomatic shedding are still producing the same result (shedding). The difference is it's harder to know when you are shedding asymptomatically. An Example: Let's say there are two people, Jane and Paul. Jane has one painful genital herpes HSV-2 outbreak each month. She gets burning and tingling before her outbreaks. Each outbreak has between 7-10 sores. She starts taking antiviral suppressive medication to help reduce her outbreaks and help her reduce transmission risk to her girlfriend. Jane has her baseline data of burning and tingling, and the number of sores per one outbreak per month to use to compare to when evaluating if the medication is working. Paul also has genital herpes HSV-2, but he does not get symptoms. He does not know how many outbreaks he has had, or his warning signs that an outbreak is coming on. He doesn't get sores, so he doesn't know if he is having an outbreak when the virus is actively shedding. However, he decided to go on suppressive medication, since it still can help reduce his "invisible outbreaks" and rate of viral shedding should he have one. Things may be harder since he won't be able to tell if the medication is working, since he doesn't have baseline data like Jane does. For both people, the risk of passing herpes onto their partner exists. I hope that this helps you! I am so sorry if it is confusing. I am not a doctor or medical professional, but of course she should talk to her doctor and or OBGYN about if there are any studies on antiviral medication and asymptomatic herpes, and if this would be right for her. Also, anyone who has asymptomatic herpes and is on/has taken suppressive medication, please join in and offer your advice or experiences. It would be so appreciated! ❤️ Thank you! Blessings! 🙂
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  18. I’ve read that daily antiviral therapy can help reduce the possibility of transmission to a non infected partner. Is this because suppressive therapy reduces the number of outbreaks? Or does it actually decrease the chance of contracting the virus during sex? Or is reduction in the chance of contraction just due to reduced outbreak numbers but not how “infectious” the virus is? For example let’s suppose my girlfriend who is now HSV-2 positive and I have have sex each day for a week. If during this week she is asymptomatic but not on daily antivirals. Would I be more likely to contract her virus during this time than say if she and I had sex each day for a week, she was asymptomatic, but also was on a daily antiviral? I hope that makes sense. Thanks so much.
  19. Hey Friends! 🌻 An Update: After reaching out to my college's Psychology Center and Group Counseling Director, I was told that the Psychology Center could not host a Sexually Transmitted Illness Anon group because of confidentiality issues, and it would be very hard to help student keep their privacy and be protected from possible transparency from people outside the group. However, the director of psychological services at my college said she would look into some other options further, and the director of group counseling said they would reach out to my campus' wellness office and see if they would be interested in helping me educate others on herpes and/or providing a safe space to talk about STIs and dating, self-love, and overcoming shame. Regardless of what groups get approved, I am happy I at least brought the idea to the attention of various departments at my college to help raise awareness of the importance of breaking stigmas around sexually transmitted Infections. We all can help break the silence!! Thank you all for your support ❤️!! Blessings!! -- Gracie
  20. Hi!! Yes, definitely ask your doctor before trying other methods of shaving and hair removal, as it could cause more irritation. If you need to, you can get a referral for a dermatologist, if your skin doesn't get better. Ask your doctor for a referral! 🌄 I hope this helps!! Blessings ❤️
  21. Hi, @Blue1982! 🙂 I am happy your results came back negative! However, yes, that does still leave you wondering what could be causing your symptoms. Two years ago was your outbreak, but you still have genital tingling and itching since. This could indicate various things, or a combination of things that happened to occur simultaneously, with lingering side effects of the tingling and itching. Does the tingling come and go or is it constant? Do you experience any redness, discharge, unusual odor, burning with urinating, or pain with sex? Do you experience painful periods, and/or do your symptoms worsen or better when you get your period? These questions may help lead us towards a possible diagnosis! 🙂 Blessings, Grace
  22. Hi!! 🙂 You and your partner both have herpes, so you have the antibodies to prevent it from being contracted elsewhere on the body. You can still catch HSV-1, however, just a piece of information for you to have! During the early stages of herpes, such as during the first outbreak, your body hasn't built up enough antibodies so it is possible to spread it to other parts of your body. However, since you have had herpes for 9 months, you most likely have built up sufficient antibodies to protect you from contracting it. If your boyfriend's HSV-2 was diagnosed via blood test, that means he has enough IgG antibodies to appear in the test, which means he also probably has had herpes for a long enough time to build up sufficient numbers of antibodies to protect him from contracting it elsewhere on his body. Could you hypothetically contract HSV-2 elsewhere? Sure. But it would take some effort, like, licking an open oozing sore (which we wouldn't want to do anyways). Herpes is not transmitted by blood. Herpes can be transmitted through semen and vaginal fluids, but I am unsure if it can only do so during active outbreaks. The virus doesn't inherently live in the fluids, and herpes is passed through skin to skin contact, so it seems the fluids can act as a means for the virus to get to another's skin, should the fluids from one person get on or in another. (If the fluids touch someone's sores, and then that fluid goes in or on another person, that would/could spread the virus). Again, I am not 100% sure about this, as the research I found was medically complicated! I would ask a doctor this question 🙂 I hope this helps! ❤️ Blessings, Grace
  23. Hello!! 🙂 I hope you are well. That is a great question. When someone has herpes, their body builds antibodies that help prevent the virus from spreading to other areas of the body. Although it is possible to spread it to areas of your body during the early stages of having herpes (your body doesn't have enough antibodies during the first outbreak and a little while after), you have had herpes for 9 months, so it would be pretty unlikely for you to somehow get it in your mouth or elsewhere. I recommenced that you ask him how long ago he thinks he contracted it. However, it must be enough time for him to build up the antibodies that would protect him from orally contracting it, since his antibody count was high enough to be detected in blood work (I am assuming that is how he found out he has it, since he is asymptomatic). I am NOT a doctor or medical professional, so definitely bring this question to your OBGYN or doctor for verified advice 🙂 In terms of giving it to one another, if enough time has passed and you both have a large enough amount of antibodies: You and your partner both have HSV-2, which means you cannot give it to other unless you really really really tried. Like, gave a long session of oral sex on his penis that had an open, oozing sore, for example. But obviously you wouldn't want to do this anyway, as it would be painful for him and probably pretty unpleasant for you since you would be hurting the sore 😞. In regards to where an outbreak occurs, it is in the neuropathways closest to the original outbreak spot. For example, someone with an outbreak that occurred on their genitals, their next outbreak may occur on the same genital areas, or possibly on the anus, thighs, or buttocks. I hope that this information helps! 🙂 Stay well ❤️ Blessings, Grace
  24. If you both have it there is nothing to be concerned about. You can’t re-catch it.
  25. I just wanted to update everyone. I got the western blot test and it was negative for HSV1 and HSV2. i am now wondering what caused flu-like symptoms and vaginal ulcers one time and daily genital tingling/itching since.
  26. Me and my partner both have Hsv 2. I don’t know where he breaks out at. I am on daily antivirals and he doesn’t take anything because he’s asymptotic. Can we have unprotected oral sex without worrying about the virus getting into our mouth. I have had the virus less then a year (9 months) and I’m not sure how long he has had it. I hear that you will always break out in the same place but I also hear about it spreading so I’m a little confused
  27. Hey! So I contracted hsv 2 from my current boyfriend. He has never had an outbreak (unlike me) but when he was tested he had antibodies so yea. My question is because I don’t know when he breaks out is it safe for me to “do my thing” without me having to worry about it spreading to other parts of my body, I have had this for 9months now. Also can it spread thru semen or vagina fluid? I am on daily antivirals and he doesn’t take anything EVER (he never breaks out) so do that make a difference? Also is oral sex safe for the both of us considering I’m on antivirals and he isn’t? Also considering idk where he outbreaks at
  28. I've fixated on having herpes so badly I don't think I can remember what I was like beforehand. I've never been back to the doctors about it since having my diagnosis maybe this is where I should start? I'm going to try avoid shaving the particular area that always comes out with something maybe try hair removal cream?
  29. Hi, No, she had the onset of symptoms about 3 weeks after being with me, about 6 weeks ago. SHe hadn't been doing any travelling and don't know if anyone around her might have had mono (including me) but it's possible. I'm going to see if I can get a test. God I hope I haven't given her that too. Thanks Grace.
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