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Everything posted by mr_hopp

  1. All of that is just plain wrong. Don't let the stigma get the best of you. You get to determine the course of your life, not herpes. I'm married and we have a 2 year old. And there are plenty of other success stories out there. Start here in our "success stories" section: https://forums.herpesopportunity.com/?forumId=9 Download the e-book & handouts: https://herpesopportunity.com/free-ebook-signup.html Watch this video I made summarizing the facts: http://bit.ly/1hjPxJo Listen to the Q&A audio recording with Terri Warren with the H Opp community: https://herpesopportunity.com/terri-warren.html Watch our video interview with top herpes researcher Dr. Peter Leone http://bit.ly/2ikZ89g http://bit.ly/2AQJMRl (“What about oral?”) And if you're ready to make yourself stigma bulletproof, purchase the Lifestyle Guides I created to give people step-by-step support to get feeling better quick (it also helps to keep our community running): https://herpesopportunity.com/lifestyle-guides.html
  2. @Briana No, just don't take a bath with your baby while you're having an active outbreak. Definitely read this article for more specifics: https://herpeslife.com/how-can-you-get-herpes/
  3. Hard to tell with a blurry pic. Best way to get a definitive result is to get it swabbed, especially when there's something to swab. Did you ask the nurses to test it to make sure?
  4. My then-girlfriend told me the day after we had unprotected sex that the discomfort she was feeling was actually her first outbreak. (She had cheated on me with an ex over Christmas break.)
  5. For me, many months. But for most, it happens within a few weeks.
  6. Herpes isn't a blood-borne thing. The virus lives either at the top or base of the spine, depending on the zone of original infection and becomes awakened and travels down the nerve cells to the surface of the skin. Blood tests find antibodies in the blood, which isn't the virus itself. Does that help?
  7. Yep, you can still shed virus even when you haven't had an outbreak. That's actually one of the "positives" about having had an outbreak, then at least you know your zone of where you will asymptomatically shed.
  8. Hi @Arcook and welcome! Here's an article that should be helpful to read: https://herpeslife.com/herpes-medication/
  9. Have you looked into getting the Western Blot? Costs more, but it's definitive so you'll get an accurate result.
  10. Fasting is a wonderful way for me to press the reset button and clear out my system from residue that’s been building up. In fact, I stopped eating breakfast every day because I ironically have more energy when I skip it. I did do a super green juice diet for a bit here and there and I agree — it certainly feels good and helps to lighten the load. A word to the wise: If you’re fasting completely (with something like the master cleanse protocol) *before* you start feeling that metallic taste (like you’ve swallowed a nickel), then slowly start reintroducing actual food back into your diet. That’s a sign that your body is starting to break itself down to get necessary supplements. That started happening to me right around day 8 or 9 but it’s different for each person. Just pay attention to your sweet sweet body and don’t overdo it.
  11. Yes, it sure does. Search “paper cut herpes” on this site for a lot of descriptions that match up.
  12. Got it, thanks for sharing that. So for you, it’ll take around 6 months to a year to develop antibodies that will help protect you from your partner’s herpes. But no worries since following the common sense approach of avoiding the sexual stuff during outbreaks and keeping an open line of communication about prodrome symptoms should keep you from spreading it to each other.
  13. Your future baby will be perfectly safe in the womb. The only way herpes can be passed to the child is via vaginal delivery and an outbreak is happening. I’m pretty sure acyclovir has been shown to be safe across the board, including pregnancy, but check on that with your doc since I’m not 100 on that.
  14. It can still happen, so still be careful and use common sense like avoiding contact during outbreaks. Transmission is less likely the longer your body has had to develop antibodies, however. The strains are close enough that HSV-2 antibodies will help to protect you from HSV-1 and vice versa but it’s not full protection by any means. How long have you and your partner had your strains of herpes?
  15. Thank you so much for sharing your story, @galphoenix! Yes, definitely super important to treat outbreaks like the open wounds they are and take proper care of them just like you would any other wound (except even more carefully of course since this wound is infectious). There can be a tendency to avoid having to deal with outbreaks because of a mixture of fear and denial (I went through that myself!) so it’s helpful to hear this so we all are vigilant about taking care of ourselves and our bodies.
  16. Hey @Newhsv! Sorry to hear you’re going through it! You’re not alone, though. Just hang in there. Those kinds of prodrome symptoms are common so soon since your first outbreak. It could be signaling another outbreak but it could also just be the virus moving through your nerve pathways that might not result in a full-blown outbreak. For the first 6 months to a year, your body will be building up antibodies to lessen outbreaks and prodrome symptoms over time. I know it sounds like forever now, but I promise you it gets better! If you do start getting outbreaks more often, then consider getting on daily suppressive therapy to help block the virus by around 50%.
  17. The first layer of careful is to be aware of your body and any sorts of prodrome symptoms (everyone's body is different, so pay attention to yours). And beyond that, ultimately, careful is subjective, to be determined by the level of risk both partners are willing to take on. For example, my wife and I didn't use condoms for a while (hence how we got this awesome lil toddler!) but I still took suppressive medication to cut her risk in half. But the no-condoms decision was something we discuss the costs/benefits together. And it can be a case-by-case basis, too. Just because you determine to go condom free for one romp doesn't mean it'll be like that for all future romps. Does all that help?
  18. Yes, you can still get it but the chances are less likely since your body has been building immunity. How long have you had herpes? The longer you have it, the harder it is to auto-inoculate (spread it to other parts of your body, whether by you or a partner). But i would adjust it to say you don’t need to worry. Just be careful. Worrying has never gotten anyone anywhere helpful.
  19. Yes, western blot is the gold standard of herpes tests.
  20. Hi Bliss, have you tried going to your local health dept? They tend to be quick to see folks and have super cheap alternatives to get antivirals.
  21. Hey Research has shown us that viral shedding happens a certain percentage of time with no signs or symptoms. That’s why it’s not so black and white since sometimes there is no virus shedding and sometimes there is. It’s random, so you won’t always pass herpes due to viral shedding since it’s not always happening and there’s no way to tell when it is or isn’t. The good news is that with time, your body builds up more and more immunity so the virus will shed less and less. Viral shedding is also different depending on the strain of the virus and where it manifests on your body. Have you seen the handouts I put together? They have the facts all summarized in a super easy-to-understand way. Download them and read up on the facts. Here they are with the free ebook: https://herpesopportunity.com/free-ebook-signup.html
  22. The reason the vast majority of people have oral HSV-1, in fact, is because unwitting family members with an active cold sore will kiss fellow family members’ kids, not realizing that it’s even a transmissible thing. But also note that the vast majority (99.999999%) of these kids certainly don’t die from it. If that were the case, we would have a global epidemic on our hands. So don’t let these types of stories overwhelm the facts. Of course use common sense to be safe and careful, but don’t let it take you over as paranoia. This stuff gets to me so deeply is because I can’t tell you how many parents (mostly mothers) I’ve coached who assume they are going to infect their children so they don’t even give them physical affection anymore. They don’t bathe with them, hug them, cuddle them or snuggle them. They keep a “safe” distance. (Ironically because they love them so damn much!) And that right there absolutely slays my heart. Affection is one of those foundational nutrients that children need and deserve to grow up healthy and feeling loved. And it’s just not okay that people (especially parents) are mislead in this way. It’s safe to snuggle and love and cuddle on your child. Using common sense like avoiding contact during outbreaks will keep your children safe, but we don’t need to be walking around feeling like we need fucking hazmat suits on wrapped in bubble wrap in order to exist. Okay, I’m off my soap box now.
  23. Chances are all future outbreaks will be less than the one you are going through. For the majority of people, their immune system‘s build up more and more immunity leading to less and less outbreaks, both in quantity and severity. And if your partner has antibodies for the same strain, then re-infecting each other on different body parts is going to be similar to the chances of you re-infecting yourself (known as autoinoculation), which is small after you have built up enough immunity (usually after about a year). Hope this helps!
  24. I haven’t seen the specific article you’re talking about, but this kind of sensationalism is rife in our news cycle (not only about herpes, of course). And it's only getting worse. Clickbait is sometimes more important than telling the whole truth to keep news outlets in business. My heart goes out to that mother and I'm certainly not minimizing that one case, but situations like this are so rare and stories like these make it seem like herpes is a babykiller, which just is so far from the truth. Stories like this unfortunately only serve to perpetuate the stigma. And to be clear, passing herpes from mother to newborns does happen (normally when mother is having an active herpes outbreak during childbirth). Just not to the degree and quantity that sensational news stories would have us believe.
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