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  1. I’m so glad you’re treating yourself better, Kacey. Super important and vital to turning this into a positive (and just to say, you not only can have a normal life, but an extraordinary one — herpes won’t stop you from that). First thing first, have you downloaded the free ebook and handouts yet? That’s a great place to start to flip this thing around into being an opportunity for finding deeper love. Download it here: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/lp/ebook
  2. Hi, This is one of those questions that’s hard to give a definitive answer to other than “it could be, but it’s unlikely.” A swab would be the only way to know for sure. Did you get a positive swab to find out you got HSV-2 in your throat?
  3. I love wim hof! What an effing character. And he has such a huge heart. And what I would say is just try it out for yourself. See if it works for you. Each person is different and will respond differently to different methods. At the very least it’s a great psychological/meditative practice to take freezing cold showers and stay present (I did that for a while and it really did give me the felt sense of time slowing down in a magical way). And I wonder if a lot of how his students and he have been able to do the incredible feats that they have pulled off we’re mostly due to placebo (especially how they were able to avoid getting sick via simple breathing methods). If you believe without a doubt, then some miraculous things can happen! He does offer a free mini course on his website. Check it out and see if it resonates and feels good. Anything that feels good to your body, mind and soul is ultimately good for you. 🙂
  4. It’s a slow process, but generally it takes 6 months to a year for the body to develop antibodies to the kinds of levels that have a suppressive effect.
  5. Hello! 👋 This is actually quite normal for women to get outbreaks that coincide with their periods. Especially in the first year of contracting herpes. On average, after a year, most folks will build up enough antibodies to naturally suppress the virus even during these physically stressful times. It can be quite frustrating to want to be intimate with your partner only to have an outbreak pop up, but do your best to be playful (and even flirtatious) about it — use it as a time to flex those intimacy muscles in new ways! Actually, here’s a video I made about this very thing: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/post/keeping-your-partner-herpes-free-can-be-super-sexy
  6. Dang, that's no fun! Sorry you got hit with it all over again. 😕 The good news here is that HSV-2 doesn't prefer hanging out orally (since only 1% of cases of HSV-2 are oral), so subsequent outbreaks will be quite mild and infrequent (and you probably won't get another outbreak in your throat after this one after your body develops antibodies to it). Here's a quick overview of HSV-1 vs. HSV-2: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/post/hsv-1-hsv-2-the-two-types-of-herpes
  7. Being on or off antivirals doesn't impact antibody production, so it's your call whether you stay on them or not. It sounds like you don't need them at this point. Check out this article for the 2 reasons you should take medication: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/post/herpes-medication There's nothing you can do directly to build up antibodies, but certainly continue maintaining as healthy and stress-free lifestyle as possible helps your immune system to thrive, which is key to not just keeping herpes at bay, but of course living an awesome life to boot. It's a win-win!
  8. That doctor is misinformed. 😕 I'd look for another doctor who can give you a prescription. Do you live in the US? If so, try going to a Planned Parenthood. They know their stuff and are very compassionate. It's important to be on daily suppressive therapy even when you're not having outbreaks if you're having sex since taking medication helps bring down the amount of asymptomatic viral shedding by around 50%.
  9. Thanks so much for sharing this, Graci ... and welcome! 🙂
  10. Yes! Congratulations for having the courage to trust that there is more for you on the other side of a vulnerable conversation. Like LTM said, it gets so much better as you embrace vulnerability as a doorway to deeper connection.
  11. Give it about a week to work its way through your system.
  12. My wife and I have been together over 4 years, decided together to not use protection, only suppressive therapy (twice daily acyclovir) and haven’t passed herpes to her yet. But we did get her pregnant! Hence this cute lil boy we have. 😉
  13. Congratulations on following your courage and doing it. It’s a special feeling to act on your integrity and find that what you thought was a big scary monster isn’t so scary after all. This is what makes us stigma bulletproof. Good job! 🙂
  14. Hello and welcome! 👋 First, download the e-book and handouts and read through them: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/lp/ebook Then here’s a helpful video/article: https://www.herpesopportunity.com/post/the-herpes-talk-and-your-perspective There’s tons more where that came from, but those are great starting points!
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